Voting Machine Mess-up Du Jour (Displayed 11/10/04)

United States. November, 2004.
Congressmen request GAO to investigate election equipment and other election irregularities.

On November 8, 2004, Congressmen Conyers, Nadler, Wexler, Scott, Watt, and Holt sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office citing election irregularities, machine malfunctions, and over 30,000 complaints from voters.*

They requested an immediate investigation.

We write to follow-up on our urgent November 5 request that the Government Accountability Office immediately undertake an investigation of the efficacy of voting machines and new technologies used in the 2004 election, how election officials responded to difficulties they encountered and what we can do in the future to improve our election systems and administration.

... We continue to receive additional reports every minute and will transmit additional information as it comes available. There is substantial concern that much of the primary evidence needed to evaluate these allegations will not be preserved without immediate action. We would greatly appreciate any steps you could take to ensure the preservation of this important information.

* Letter November 8, 2004. To the Honorable David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the United States, Government Accountability Office.

News stories make it rapidly apparent that
electronic voting is not reliable, accurate, or secure.
Any one who claims otherwise is either ignorant or deceptive.
~ Joseph Holder