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Florida's Miami-Dade and Broward Counties experienced significant voting machine problems during the 2002  Primary Election which many believe contributed to Janet Reno's loss to little known Bill McBride. Janet Reno would have been a much more formidable opponent to Jeb Bush than Bill McBride. Thousands of people who voted or turned out to vote in predominately black precincts did not have their votes counted. According to an ACLU study, 8.2% of the people who went to the polls in 31 precincts did not have their votes counted. (Haggman.)
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Some 1,100 voting problems nationwide were reported to the Election Protection Coalition during 2004's Presidential Election. Several dozen voters in six states reported voting for one candidate only to have the opposing candidate appear on the touch-screen's checkout screen. Vendor Sequoia blamed the voters, saying the voters pushed the wrong part of the screen. (Rachel Konrad, "Reports of electronic voting trouble top 1,000." USAToday.com, 11/4/2004.)
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Florida's Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties may have given President George W. Bush 130,000 or more excess votes, according to researchers at the University of California in Berkeley. In Broward County alone, Bush received an excess of an estimated 72,000 votes. The team is 99.9% certain the excess votes are not attributable to chance. "No matter how many factors and variables we took into consideration, the significant correlation in the votes for President Bush and electronic voting cannot be explained. The study shows that a county's use of electronic voting resulted in a disproportionate increase in votes for president Bush. There is just a trivial probability of evidence like this appearing in a population where the true difference is zero -- less than one in a thousand chances," Michael Hout, Berkeley Survey Research Center.

Florida counties using electronic voting machines were significantly more likely to show increases in votes for Bush between 2000 and 2004 than counties using optical scanners or paper ballots.

Berkeley's study included variables such as number of voters, Hispanic population, income, change in voter turnout between 2000 and 2004, support for Bush in 2000, support for Bob Dole in 1996.
(Dan Verton, "University researchers challenge Bush win in Florida," ComputerWorld.com, 11/18/2004.)
NEWSFLASH: Exit Polls Say Kerry & Credit Women "... Results confirm the unofficial results posted earlier on Scoop.co.nz and several other websites. Namely narrow victories to John Kerry...
    -  29 counties using Diebold scanners, Republicans gained 128.45% over 2000 and Democrats
        lost 21% from 2000.
    -  In two heavily Democratic counties, voting machines started counting backwards after
        counting 32,767 votes
       (Orange and Broward Counties).
    -  57 memory card failures in Volusia County during Early Voting and on Election Day
       (Diebold, more than all other Diebold customers combined).
    -  At least 21 voting machines malfunctioned on election day and were replaced, most machines
      had already recorded votes. Broward County.
    -  58,000 ballots mailed to voters disappeared. Broward County.
    -  In Volusia County, several precincts registered 10% more votes than voters. The Canvassing
       Board certified the election based on numbers provided by the Republican Supervisor of
       Elections, without validating the voting machine receipts and checksum numbers.

    
("Florida Election Facts," www.solarbus.org.)
Countdown with Keith Olbermann provides a remarkable snapshot of Election 2004 history, a play-by-play accounting of important events from October 29, 2004 forward through November 19, 2004. ("Countdown with Keith Olbermann," www.MSNBC.com, 11/19/2004.)
Although the GAO results are inconclusive in its investigation of Sarasota's statistically improbable undervotes, the GAO reports thus far expose a series of circumstances that individually reveal an apparent laps in sound business checks and balances, and computer security basics with regard to ES&S, Florida's Secretary of State, and Sarasota's Election Supervisor. Together they are troubling. For it's no longer a question of IF the voting systems falter, but WHEN. ES&S effectively holds the power. ES&S manufactures the machines, dictates the testing process, produces test data, system manages the voting process, tallies the votes, pronounces the winner, then produces the reports to declare a valid election.  Lani Brown, "A closer look at the GAO's Florida District 13. No smoking gun ... Not if but when and how often." OpEdNews.com, 10/30/2006.
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While Democrats win gains across the country, Florida's Republicans hold firm where it counts. Governor, Attorney General.
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Still no clean victory in Sarasota County. Sarasota's ES&S touch screens failed to record 18,412 votes in Florida's Congressional District 13 race. The Republican won with a 369 margin of victory out of a total 238,249 votes counted. The 18,412 missing votes represent an undervote of 12.92 percent. While the percentage of undervotes in other District 13 counties is as follows: Charlotte - 2.51%, DeSoto - 2.13%, Hardee - 5.87, and Manatee - 2.35. Dr. Nabajyoti Barkakati, "GAO Elections, further Testing Could Provide Increased but Not Absolute Assurance That Voting Systems Did Not Cause Undervotes in Florida's 13 Congressional District," GAO-08-97T, GAO-07-1167t.
In Florida (where the results have just been withdrawn from view till 2pm NZT, presumably because polling has been extended) Kerry is winning among women voters by 52% to 47% and Bush is winning among male voters by 51% to 48%. Because slightly more women than men appear to be voting, 54% to 46% Kerry wins the state by a small nose.
Complete exit polls are provided by MSNBC Politics Exit Poll - Decision 2004. MSNBC Politics.  
In Ohio the situation is far more straightforward Kerry wins among both men and women voters with 51% and 53% support respectively. Again slightly more women than men seem to have voted and so the lead in Ohio on the bases of the exit polls is more of a half head than a nose." Alastair Thompson, "NEWSFLASH: Exit Polls Say Kerry & Credit Women." Scoop Independent News, 11/3/2004.
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130,000 extra votes for George W. Bush.
1,100 voting problems reported nationwide.
VotersUnite.Org provides an interactive up-to-date Election Problem Log - 2006 and 2007 as well as a formal report of E-Voting Failures in the 2006 Mid-Term Elections which includes a sampling of problems across the nation.
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Florida.  Machine Malfunctions, Lost Ballots, Minority Disenfranchisement, Unexplainable Vote Counts:
BlackBoxVoting.org reported a three-hour deletion from King County, Washington's internal audit log of the primary election. ("E-voting irregularities raise eyebrows, blood pressure." Contributing Staff and Associated Press, USAToday.com 11/3/2002.)
20 percent of the machines tested by observers across the country failed to record votes properly, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundations' VerifiedVoting.org.
One optical-scanner failed to count 13,000 ballots when the machine's memory card failed in Volusia County, Florida.
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