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Here is some background information that I think is important.

1. 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.

http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/042804Landes/042804landes.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diebold


2. There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the U.S. voting machine industry.

http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0916-04.htm
http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/042804Landes/042804landes.html

3. The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers.

http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/private_company.html
http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/042804Landes/042804landes.html

4. The chairman and CEO of Diebold is a major Bush campaign organizer and donor who wrote in 2003 that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/07/28/sunday/main632436.shtml
http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1647886

5. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel used to be chairman of ES&S. He became Senator based on votes counted by ES&S machines.

http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/columns/2004/03/03_200.html
http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/031004Fitrakis/
031004fitrakis.html

6. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, long-connected with the Bush family, was recently caught lying about his ownership of ES&S by the Senate Ethics Committee.

http://www.blackboxvoting.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=26
http://www.hillnews.com/news/012903/hagel.aspx
http://www.onlisareinsradar.com/archives/000896.php

7. Senator Chuck Hagel was on a short list of George W. Bush's vice-presidential candidates.

http://www.businessweek.com/2000/00_28/b3689130.htm
http://theindependent.com/stories/052700/new_hagel27.html

8. ES&S is the largest voting machine manufacturer in the U.S. and counts almost 60% of all U.S. votes.

http://www.essvote.com/HTML/about/about.html
http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/042804Landes/042804landes.html

9. Diebold's new touch screen voting machines have no paper trail of any votes. In other words, there is no way to verify that the data coming out of the machine is the same as what was legitimately put in by voters.

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0225-05.htm
http://www.itworld.com/Tech/2987/041020evotestates/pfindex.html

10. Diebold also makes ATMs, checkout scanners, and ticket machines, all of which log each transaction and can generate a paper trail.

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0225-05.htm
http://www.diebold.com/solutions/default.htm

11. Diebold is based in Ohio.

http://www.diebold.com/aboutus/ataglance/default.htm

12. Diebold employed 5 convicted felons as consultants and developers to help write the central compiler computer code that counted 50% of the votes in 30 states.

http://www.wired.com/news/evote/0,2645,61640,00.html
http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/10/301469.shtml

13. Jeff Dean was Senior Vice-President of Global Election Systems when it was bought by Diebold. Even though he had been convicted of 23 counts of felony theft in the first degree, Jeff Dean was retained as a consultant by Diebold and was largely responsible for programming the optical scanning software now used in most of the United States.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00191.htm
http://www.chuckherrin.com/HackthevoteFAQ.htm#how
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/bbv_chapter-8.pdf

14. Diebold consultant Jeff Dean was convicted of planting back doors in his software and using a "high degree of sophistication" to evade detection over a period of 2 years.

http://www.chuckherrin.com/HackthevoteFAQ.htm#how
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/bbv_chapter-8.pdf

15. None of the international election observers were allowed in the polls in Ohio.

http://www.globalexchange.org/update/press/2638.html
http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/10/26/loc_elexoh.html

16. California banned the use of Diebold machines because the security was so bad. Despite Diebold's claims that the audit logs could not be hacked, a chimpanzee was able to do it! (See the movie here:
http://blackboxvoting.org/baxter/baxterVPR.mov.)

http://wired.com/news/evote/0,2645,63298,00.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4874190

17. 30% of all U.S. votes are carried out on unverifiable touch screen voting machines with no paper trail.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/07/28/sunday/main632436.shtml

18. All -- not some -- but all the voting machine errors detected and reported in Florida went in favor of Bush or Republican candidates.

http://www.wired.com/news/evote/0,2645,65757,00.html
http://www.yuricareport.com/ElectionAftermath04/ThreeResearchStudiesBushIsOut.htm
http://www.rise4news.net/extravotes.html
http://www.ilcaonline.org/modules.php?op=modload
http://www.ilcaonline.org/modules.p...rticle&sid=950&name=News&file=article&sid=950
http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00227.htm

19. The governor of the state of Florida, Jeb Bush, is the President's brother.

http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/news/local/7628725.htm
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10544-2004Oct29.html

20. Serious voting anomalies in Florida -- again always favoring Bush -- have been mathematically demonstrated and experts are recommending further investigation.

http://www.yuricareport.com/ElectionAftermath04/ThreeResearchStudiesBushIsOut.htm
http://www.computerworld.com/governmenttopics/government/policy/story/0,10801,97614,00.html
http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/tens_of_thousands.html
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1106-30.htm
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2004/110904.html
http://uscountvotes.org/


DECEMBER 2004 GALLUP POLLS
1 in 5 Americans believe the elections were fraudulent. That's over 41 Million Americans. You are NOT alone!
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In all honesty, does it really matter? Would Gore or Kerry have truely been much different? The systems broke, been broke, and isn't repairable except by blood. A price that most Americans are no longer willing to pay. We live in a nation where our rulers vote themselves pay raises, at the same time that we are facing continued downsizing, pay cuts and continued rape by the American Oil Cartel, a group that backs both sides of this disgusting farse.

So what if it was rigged? It's not like the other side would have somehow done the impossible and made any sweeping changes in the system.
 

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Yes, I think things would have been different if Gore or Kerry had been elected. And if you think things would have been no different, you haven't been paying attention.

And yes, I believe our elections procedures should and can be different. We need paper ballots. I can go to my ATM and get a receipt. I will not be convinced that a voting machine can't accomplish the same. Members of the candidates' campaign organization should not be running the elections, period, and I don't care what party they come from. And companies whose CEOs and trustees are major contributors to a campaign have a conflict of interest, and should not be granted vote counting contracts.
 

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Phoenix44 said:
Yes, I think things would have been different if Gore or Kerry had been elected. And if you think things would have been no different, you haven't been paying attention.
Kerry, I remember that name...He's that guy that wanted to raise taxes---I'm sure that people can pay extra tax if they so desire, so do Kerry, Gore and Clinton contribute extra money to the gov't? They have spoken about how they are under taxed. I'll bet they dont. I'll bet they spend just as much as Republicans do to limit their personal tax liability.

Phoenix44 said:
And yes, I believe our elections procedures should and can be different. We need paper ballots.
Yes, so we can have hanging chads. After the bush-gore election the news was filled with how bad and unfair paper ballots were. Part of what I remember being said was: Dems couldn't read or follow instructions to properly choose their candidates; ballots were put together deceptively so that people were being tricked into selecting the wrong candidate.

I remember that computerized ballots were going to solve all the problems. But now, after the bush-kerry election computerized elections are just terribly unfair.

Phoenix44 said:
And companies whose CEOs and trustees are major contributors to a campaign have a conflict of interest, and should not be granted vote counting contracts.
Reconsider that. If I owned a software company, felt strongly about my civic duty and contributed to the candidate of my choice then I shouldn't have the opportunity to bid on a gov't job? That hardly seems fair.
 

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Things would surely have been different under Mr. Gore or Mr. Kerry. Iraq would be a problem for any presdeint, but that problem could have been handled in one of many ways. Even if we went in--we could have gone in for reasons other than alleged WMDs or inflated links to terrorism. Saddam Hussein was murdering his own people. I have no ethical problem with taking him out, though I doubt an invasion is worth the benefit of doing so. But let's be clear about what we're doing and why, I say.
 
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Ray said:
I remember that computerized ballots were going to solve all the problems. But now, after the bush-kerry election computerized elections are just terribly unfair.

They certainly were touted as a cure-all by the major media, however, there were people who foresaw the difficulties, potential for abuse and actual abuse that (may) have presented itself. I think the biggest thing we can do to deal with these difficulties is be open to all possabilities and reactive to change as it comes. If wrong doing occured, then it needs to be dealt with. If loopholes in security exist, then they need to be fixed.
 

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I remember that computerized ballots were going to solve all the problems. But now, after the bush-kerry election computerized elections are just terribly unfair.

So what's your point, Ray, that touch-screen voting without a paper receipt with unverifiable results are a good idea? You're entitled to your opinion. I just don't agree.

And correct, I don't think a company CEO who makes a major contribution to a particular campaign should be permitted to bid on the contract to count the votes for the election involving that campaign. If he wants to do his "civic duty," he can donate his money to the American Red Cross, or tutor deaf kids. Or, bid on a contract for a town election board in a town where he doesn't live. Or, he can go ahead and contribute to the campaign, and bid on a contract for snow removal instead of vote counting.
 

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upnorthkyosa said:
One person. One person with a computer. One person could easily hack into collection point and alter the records...and there would be very little to track. The type of voter fraud that these machines allow is unprecidented. All systems have their flaws, but NONE have EVER made it this easy to influence a national election with so few people.
Which makes your argument all the sillier. If Diebold was going to rig the election, they wouldn't use a system ANYONE could hack in to, they would use a system only THEY could hack in to... Come one man, use your brain.


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Probably? You should take a look at what some of the people who run these companies have said and who they are connected to. The story behind this software is pretty amazing. Amazing in the sense that it looks like it was designed with these security holes in place.
Like I said, why design a system to defraud the American people that ANYONE could hack in to. They built it, it's not hard to build a backdoor only they can control.

You should remember Hanlon's Razor "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

You've still never answered the KEY question....Where's your proof that this occurred? You're still playing the "It could have happened, so it MUST have happened" game. Now you're shoring it up with "You should see these people, they're bad PEOPLE, so they MUST have done this."

As for needing an investigation, apparently a large number of people have BEEN conducting investigations....and not uncovered one single thread of evidence to support the assertion that this DID happen.

It's starting to look like the Locheness Monster. For the people that believe it's true, no amount of evidence will refute it, and the fact that it ISN'T seen, is considered evidence of it's existence. :erg:
 

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Phoenix44 said:
So what's your point, Ray, that touch-screen voting without a paper receipt with unverifiable results are a good idea? You're entitled to your opinion. I just don't agree.
I'll field this for Ray. He most certainly didn't not call it a "good idea".

His point is, that NO system is beyond scrutiny and NO system is ever introduced working perfectly. This is why you NEVER buy a new technology on the first production run. So ANY election that is the first to use a new technology will one where the bugs are worked out.

Phoenix44 said:
And correct, I don't think a company CEO who makes a major contribution to a particular campaign should be permitted to bid on the contract to count the votes for the election involving that campaign. If he wants to do his "civic duty," he can donate his money to the American Red Cross, or tutor deaf kids. Or, bid on a contract for a town election board in a town where he doesn't live. Or, he can go ahead and contribute to the campaign, and bid on a contract for snow removal instead of vote counting.
Keep in mind that lots of people we believe the word of are politically motivated. The head of a company is a private citizen.

It would seem unreasonable to think that a private citizen suddenly loses his right to support a political candidate simply by taking a government contract. Or is this rule only for those who support candidates we dislike?

Keep also in mind that the much lauded CIA agent who was allegedly outted by the Bush administration was making large campaign contributions to the DNC from the CIA front company she was running when she was outted.

Are we to assume that merely making campaign contributions to a given party is to be considered suspicious behavior and make them uncredible?
 

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But, the truth is, is that any backdoor, is usable by anyone who knows about it's existance. I've dealt with enough systems to know that, often the hard way.
 

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upnorthkyosa said:
They certainly were touted as a cure-all by the major media, however, there were people who foresaw the difficulties, potential for abuse and actual abuse that (may) have presented itself. I think the biggest thing we can do to deal with these difficulties is be open to all possabilities and reactive to change as it comes. If wrong doing occured, then it needs to be dealt with. If loopholes in security exist, then they need to be fixed.
Well, I was one of those who predicted possible problems. That having been said, you've FAR from met the burden of proof of a VAST conspiracy. The best you've done is pointed out what I said several years ago when we started discussing electronic voting....Electronic equipment is flawed.
 
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If Diebold was going to rig the election, they wouldn't use a system ANYONE could hack in to, they would use a system only THEY could hack in to...

I think we may have a bingo!

Like I said, why design a system to defraud the American people that ANYONE could hack in to. They built it, it's not hard to build a backdoor only they can control.

Think of it more like a secret entrance. Speak "friend" and enter.

You should remember Hanlon's Razor "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

Here are the facts as we know them.

1. Diebold made strong claims the machines were safe.
2. Diebold sued anyone who wanted to open one up and check for themselves.
3. The GAO got involved, legally seized a couple, and popped them open.
4. The GAO's report shows that there are numerous loopholes in security that could compromise the integrity of the results.
5. Diebold sues to avoid election transparency.

What is the simplest explanation for this? (oh, I can't wait to see this spin!)

You've still never answered the KEY question....Where's your proof that this occurred?

The allegations in the congressional report were double checked and verified. The GAO report's conclusions have also been independently verified. An official investigation must occur before we can move on.

You're still playing the "It could have happened, so it MUST have happened" game. Now you're shoring it up with "You should see these people, they're bad PEOPLE, so they MUST have done this."

The "bad people" is your little insertion/invention. When I said, "you should see what some of these people are saying," I meant, you should take a look at what the CEO of Diebold and the Secratary of State for Ohio have been saying. They both have said directly that they would hand the election to President Bush.

As for needing an investigation, apparently a large number of people have BEEN conducting investigations....and not uncovered one single thread of evidence to support the assertion that this DID happen.

This is absolutely FALSE! NO "official" investigation has ever occured into HOW the alleged incidents occured. The ONLY "official" investigations that occured were ones that verified that these incidents occured and the investigations done by the GAO.

It's starting to look like the Locheness Monster. For the people that believe it's true, no amount of evidence will refute it, and the fact that it ISN'T seen, is considered evidence of it's existence. :erg:

You walk into your house through a door that's been forced open. All of the stuff easily pawned is missing. What happened?
 
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Well, I was one of those who predicted possible problems. That having been said, you've FAR from met the burden of proof of a VAST conspiracy. The best you've done is pointed out what I said several years ago when we started discussing electronic voting....Electronic equipment is flawed.

Well, at least we agree on this. :asian:
 

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You walk into your house through a door that's been forced open. All of the stuff easily pawned is missing. What happened?

Um, Hillary was in town again and needed props?

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upnorthkyosa said:
I think we may have a bingo!
No, I don't think we have a 'bingo', as you entirely missed the point. If diebold wanted to rig the election, it wouldn't be a "backdoor" able to be entered by modem, it would be inherent in the system....something "just anybody" could access, and you wouldn't know about it. The fact that there are flaws that people can hack, is certainly not evidence of anything....unless you're suggesting ALL computers are purposely programmed to be hacked.


upnorthkyosa said:
Think of it more like a secret entrance. Speak "friend" and enter.
Again, upnorth, you're confusing what you want to be true, with what is. A fantasy is just that.


upnorthkyosa said:
Here are the facts as we know them.

1. Diebold made strong claims the machines were safe.
uhm...ok. I think every maker of electronic equipment in HISTORY has sold their product with....strong claims the machines are safe....That's part of the sales gimmick, man. What, you expect them to go "Yeah, uhm, we, uhm, think it's safe".

upnorthkyosa said:
2. Diebold sued anyone who wanted to open one up and check for themselves.
They sued anyone who wanted to examine how they worked. Any company with a prioprietary product will do the same thing.

upnorthkyosa said:
3. The GAO got involved, legally seized a couple, and popped them open.
That's what they should have done. So?

upnorthkyosa said:
4. The GAO's report shows that there are numerous loopholes in security that could compromise the integrity of the results.
See, when we start examining the evidence in depth, your conspiracy theory ALWAYS falls apart. The GAO concluded "numerous loopholes" in security "COULD compromise the integrity of the results", that's a far cry from DID. What's further, name ONE piece of electronic equipment, such as an ATM, a database, anything, that deals with information that needs to be protected.....that COULDN'T be compromised. You name one piece of equipment that's compromise free, and i'll conceed the whole point.



upnorthkyosa said:
5. Diebold sues to avoid election transparency.
Diebold does what all companies do when they sue...They try to maintain their profit margin. Again, far cry from "Vast right wing conspiracy".

upnorthkyosa said:
What is the simplest explanation for this? (oh, I can't wait to see this spin!)
Oh, obviously the simplest explaination is that it's a HUGE vast right wing conspiracy against you, upnorth, and all freedom loving people of the world....."They've" done it to you again.


upnorthkyosa said:
The allegations in the congressional report were double checked and verified. The GAO report's conclusions have also been independently verified. An official investigation must occur before we can move on.
What were those conclusions again? lol......And what WAS the GAO report.....IF NOT AN OFFICIAL INVESTIGATION?!

What exactly do you define as an 'investigation'? The GAO found not one single piece of evidence suggesting that fraud OCCURRED.....They found problems with the technology that, in the future, could lead to fraud. Again, my friend, sounds like you've failed the test of reason....AGAIN.


upnorthkyosa said:
The "bad people" is your little insertion/invention. When I said, "you should see what some of these people are saying," I meant, you should take a look at what the CEO of Diebold and the Secratary of State for Ohio have been saying. They both have said directly that they would hand the election to President Bush.
Really? They've been 'quoted' by who? Secret broadcasts being received in someone bloggers fillings?


upnorthkyosa said:
This is absolutely FALSE! NO "official" investigation has ever occured into HOW the alleged incidents occured. The ONLY "official" investigations that occured were ones that verified that these incidents occured and the investigations done by the GAO.
If not official investigation has occurred, what do you call the GAO investigation...Unofficial? Please. We've spent several years investigating who said what to who about a CIA agent, yet, you claim there is a VAST rightwing conspiracy to defraud the American voter, and yet, you can't find enough evidence to call a special PROSECUTOR?! This is getting rich.

upnorthkyosa said:
You walk into your house through a door that's been forced open. All of the stuff easily pawned is missing. What happened?
Actually, this is more like walking in to your home and finding your alarm clock not where you left it. You swear someone broke in to move your stuff, because the alarm clock, AGAIN, is not where you left it. Also, your toothbrush has been turned counter-clockwise 20 degrees. You just KNOW someone is doing it, you keep finding evidence all over the house that someone has been in your house. Not only that, this is the third time THIS WEEK!

Someone is breaking in to your house to drive you crazy. The proof is there. You call the police, they don't believe you, they think you're going crazy, but you're not....It's THEM that's crazy. Why won't they BELIEVE you, the proof is all around you. You show the police the moved alarm clock..."I didn't leave it there" you tell the police, but they only smile at you patronizingly. "Look at my toothbrush" you say, but again, they merely nod. After the ninth call, they ask you to stop calling unless it's an emergency.



Hey, just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean 'they're' not out to get you you.
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When you compare the allegations in the congressional report to the findings of GAO that is more then enough cause to investigate whether or not fraud occured. The GAO was an official investigation, but it DID NOT investigate whether fraud occured. You need to READ the report to actually see what it said. Other then that, you post is pretty much summed up as "it was probably this or probably that and not some 'vast right wing conspiracy!!!!!!!!!!'" Probably. You suspect that it isn't, but you don't know any more then I do what happened. Yet, there is a conncection between the congressional report and the GAO. Any idiot could see it. The "computer errors" that happened, and the people who were caught red handed installing unlisenced software, and the reported firsthand accounts of actual vote switching ALL point to the very real possibility that the loopholes the GAO uncovered were used.
 

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upnorthkyosa said:
When you compare the allegations in the congressional report to the findings of GAO that is more then enough cause to investigate whether or not fraud occured. The GAO was an official investigation, but it DID NOT investigate whether fraud occured. You need to READ the report to actually see what it said. Other then that, you post is pretty much summed up as "it was probably this or probably that and not some 'vast right wing conspiracy!!!!!!!!!!'" Probably. You suspect that it isn't, but you don't know any more then I do what happened. Yet, there is a conncection between the congressional report and the GAO. Any idiot could see it. The "computer errors" that happened, and the people who were caught red handed installing unlisenced software, and the reported firsthand accounts of actual vote switching ALL point to the very real possibility that the loopholes the GAO uncovered were used.


Actually, what I said is you failed to even come CLOSE to meeting the burden of proving your wild allegation. THere isn't "Probably" anything. Also, the GAO never said there were computer "errors", that's a distortion you added. They said there were problems in the equipment that should be fixed. As for "probablies" they certainly are better than "Maybe's" and "possibilies" and "It could have happens" that I hear from you.

I still haven't A) Heard you give one credible piece of evidence of ANY voter fraud ACTUALLY having occurred and B) Have yet to hear you name a technological piece of information technology not prone to error (since your SOLE piece of evidence of voter fraud is that the voting machines were 'imperfect', comparing to similar equipment might make your point better....or not.)

As the Bard would have said, it's a tale "full of sound and fury, signifying.....nothing!"
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Actually, what I said is you failed to even come CLOSE to meeting the burden of proving your wild allegation.

We don't yet have all of the information.

THere isn't "Probably" anything.

Oh really? How about when you said...

I think every maker of electronic equipment in HISTORY has sold their product with....strong claims the machines are safe....That's part of the sales gimmick, man. What, you expect them to go "Yeah, uhm, we, uhm, think it's safe".

Translation, they are probably just trying to sell their stuff.

They sued anyone who wanted to examine how they worked. Any company with a prioprietary product will do the same thing.

Translation, they are probably just trying to protect their product.

Diebold does what all companies do when they sue...They try to maintain their profit margin.

Translation, they are probably trying to protect their profit margin.

You missed the point with this. By chopping it up and attempting to refute each of them singly, you are deleting/ignoring the fact that their is a chronology to these events. This chronology ties all of these events together so that when they are taken together, they paint an altogether different picture.

Also, the GAO never said there were computer "errors", that's a distortion you added. They said there were problems in the equipment that should be fixed.

It's not a distortion. I was referring to the congressional report. You are confusing the two.

As for "probablies" they certainly are better than "Maybe's" and "possibilies" and "It could have happens" that I hear from you.

THAT is because your bias flows in the opposite direction. AND actually, my "probablies" are FAR superior to yours because I've got the statistics on my side. Unexplained demographic shifts, exit poll errors, machines actually switching votes, machines adding votes, etc, almost every single instance favored President Bush. The weight of this evidence does not support the idea that it was probably an error.

I still haven't A) Heard you give one credible piece of evidence of ANY voter fraud ACTUALLY having occurred

An investigation would clear this up.

and B) Have yet to hear you name a technological piece of information technology not prone to error (since your SOLE piece of evidence of voter fraud is that the voting machines were 'imperfect', comparing to similar equipment might make your point better....or not.)

It's not that they are imperfect. Its the fact that their imperfections favored President Bush nearly 100% of the time. Errors should have no bias. Statistically, if there were an error, then all choices should have an equal chance of being affected. How many candidates were their for presdent? And nearly all of the "errors" still favored Bush.

The thing about this that really grinds my gears is that IF there was a conspiracy to rig the election, part of it depends on a general level of stupidity among Americans. If one had the slightest clue about statistics, then seeing information like this would immediately raise questions...

The allegations in the congressional report were double checked and given under oath. The GAO uncovered numerous security problems with the equipment. These reports, taken together, demand an investigation, an independent investigation.
 
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