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House Democrats call for election investigation

[JURIST] Three House Democrats have called for an official investigation into voting machine irregularities during the 2004 election. Congressmen Robert Wexler of Florida, Jerrold Nadler of New York, and John Conyers of Michigan sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Friday outlining several incidents that they learned about in the days following the election. These include allegations of technical problems associated with e-voting, such as memory card failure and lost votes in electronic machines in Ohio, North Carolina, and Florida as well as problems with the counting of absentee ballots in Florida. The majority of the alleged glitches had the effect of inflating votes for Bush. A spokesman for Representative Nadler said that they were not seeking a nationwide recount and were not anticipating that an investigation would change the outcome of the election. Their focus was to uncover the problems and make sure that they are fixed. The GAO has not officially responded yet, however, they previously reported that they intend to write a report about e-voting in general during this election. Prior to the election, the GAO completed a study of electronic voting (May 2004). Highlights of that report can be found on the GAO website [PDF]. Wired News has more.

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