DEMOCRACY and voting machines

All around the world there are complaints of election fraud; Ukraine is the latest case.  It was hoped that new voting machines would solve the problem, but Peter Orne writes: Harper’s Weekly reports that some voting machines in Broward County, Florida, started counting backward once they reached 32,000. An electronic voting machine in Ohio added 3,893 votes to President Bush's tally in a district that had only 800 voters. Four thousand five hundred and thirty early electronic votes in Carteret County, North Carolina, were lost. Votes were also lost in Palm Beach County, Florida, and in Tampa. Journalists were still trying to figure out why exit polls -- which projected that John Kerry would win in Florida, Ohio, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, and Iowa -- turned out to be completely wrong. "Exit polls are almost never wrong," wrote Dick Morris [former Clinton senior advisor]. "Exit polls cannot be as wrong across the board as  they were on election night. I suspect foul play." It was noted that anomalous voting patterns in Florida (where a disproportionate number of Democrats apparently voted for George W. Bush) were all confined to counties  where optical-scanning machines are used to read paper ballots. Such votes are tabulated by Windows-based PCs that are vulnerable to tampering. 

RH: Naturally, it is always the loser who makes charges of election fraud.

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