Re: checking into the 2004 general election

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri May 20 2005 - 09:52:31 CDT

Stephanie,

Wouldn't it be nice if you could just go online and find all that data?

Good Luck.

Right now, we systematically foil any such attempts to verify election
results.

Which reminds me of part of the OVC mission: We seek to establish
institutional protocols that enable public monitoring of all aspects of
election administration.

One aspect these institutional protocols might be to put the data online in
a way that would enable such a check.

BTW, you forgot to mention overvotes.

Kathy Dopp can probably give you some more clues about this.

Alan D.

> Hey gang, this is off-topic, but I'd appreciate your input.
>
> Has anyone done the following check on the validity of the 2004 general
> election? Each precinct reports a total number of voters, presumably read
> off of the voting machines or ballot boxes. This number should be the sum
> of all the votes for each candidate, plus the number of any undervotes.
>
> On the other hand, each state has a database of voters, including
> information about which elections they voted in, presumably taken from the
> sign-in sheets at the polls. So, if one had that data, one could have an
> independent count of how many voters voted in a particular precinct in the
> 2004 general election.
>
> Is the comparison of these two numbers practiced by any Boards of
> Elections?
>
> Has any independent entity checked these numbers?
>

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