Breaking: Analysis of Curtis-Feeney U.S. House Race in Florida Supports Curtis Election Challenge

From: Kathy Dopp <kathy_dot_dopp_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Tue Jan 02 2007 - 13:42:04 CST

with one correction (to swear-in date) and one addition (Curtis House
election challenge)

Analysis of Curtis-Feeney U.S. House Race in Florida Supports Curtis
Election Challenge

National Election Data Archive
January 2, 2007

Analysis of Curtis-Feeney race in Florida District 24 shows that the
official Diebold reports of vote counts in the Curtis-Feeney U.S.
Congressional District 24 2006 election significantly misreport the
number of voters who voted and the number of under-votes. The pattern
of votes counted in Florida's US Congressional District 24 is unusual
and consistent with a pattern that would be caused by vote fraud or
innocent miscount. Further investigation is warranted.

Curtis has filed an election challenge in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The National Election Data Archive is urging people to contact their
U.S. House Representative and ask them to investigate Florida's U.S.
Congressional Elections!

On Thursday, January 4, the U.S. Senate and House will be swearing in
new members. Several of the nation's foremost election integrity
experts have spent the last several months grappling with some of
these issues and have come up with 14 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FEDERAL

In light of the continuing problem of questionable election outcomes
in jurisdictions all over the country, where tens of thousands of
votes appear not to have been recorded correctly, these
recommendations are crucial to reestablishing trust in U.S. elections.
 Just five of these recommendations would prevent the wrong candidate
being sworn into office as it appears may be happening in Florida's
House District 13 election. Due to the untimely release of complete
vote count data, investigators are just now turning up statistically
improbable vote outcomes and election challenges are still underway.
Those five recommendations, with just the briefest of definitions,

Manual Audits, enough votes have to be manually hand counted to
ensure that the machine counts are not outcome-altering;

Auditable Voting Systems, the system must provide a voter-verified
permanent paper copy of the vote that is sturdy enough for handling in
recounts and/or storage;

Public Election Records, rapid access to paper and electronic
election records, and detailed vote counts in all vote types to ensure
that over or under votes in different vote types don't cancel each
other out and thereby obscure vote irregularities, before a race is

Public Right to Observe, genuine observation, not just presence in
the room is vital to the maintenance of fairness and transparency;

Teeth in the Legislation, civil and/or criminal penalties or a
reduction of funding for failure to live up to the standards of a fair
and open election process, do not swear in new members until election
contests are satisfied.

To read the recommendations with details in full go to

This highly qualified group of election integrity authorities is
comprised of attorneys, election law specialists, state election
officials, computer scientists, mathematicians, a designer of systems
for people with disabilities, and a public administration and election
policy expert. The complete list of experts, including their
qualifications, is available at

Best Regards,

Kathy Dopp
National Election Data Archive

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