Re: 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: Wed Jan 03 2007 - 07:41:43 CST

Clint Curtis may have, by innocent mistake, mixed different vote types
in two columns of data he gave us (that will teach me to verify the
data myself instead of trusting assurances that vote types are the
same for voters and votes - how embarrassing!) so consequently we've
substituted another press release for the report for now .... i.e.

NOTICE: The previous analysis of Florida's Curtis-Feeney U.S.
Congressional District 24 race has been temporarily withdrawn to allow
the consistency of the data we were asked to analyze to be verified
(i.e. were apples [ polling + early votes] being compared to apples
[polling + early voters] to calculate number of under-votes?).
Information will be released as soon as it becomes available.


National Election Data Archive

January 3, 2007

The question of ensuring an accurate, transparent count of the
people's vote has been at the forefront of concerns of many
individuals and groups, both private and governmental. How can we
guarantee that the actual will of the people is carried out? This
week the U.S. Senate and House will be meeting and voting on
recommendations to improve the voting system. 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

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 until election contests are

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

Congressional members and their staffs may go over any or all of their
concerns on the recommended legislation with these experts and their

This group of experts feels that enacting these recommendations will
help to ensure the integrity of our democracy. They urge you to
contact your US Senators and Representatives to encourage them to vote
for these recommendations.

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