Re: minority disenfranchisement via machine?

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Thu Mar 09 2006 - 08:16:23 CST

On Mar 8, 2006, at 7:14 PM, Ron Crane wrote:

> Joseph Lorenzo Hall wrote:That's really interesting... wouldn't you
> think the easiest way to do
>> this would be if the local election official (who also knows the lay
>> of the land, so to speak) knew beforehand which machines were more
>> likely to fail (e.g., the older ones or ones that have been doctored)
>> and directed certain machines to certain polling places?

This is alleged to have happened in Philadelphia with mechanical lever
voting machines. Ransom Shoup was called in to head the committee that
investigated the failures. He was convicted for giving bad expert
testimony in this case -- apparently trying to whitewash it. The
distribution
of machine failures was, if viewed statistically, very politically
biased.

                Doug Jones
                jones@cs.uiowa.edu

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