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mjj : Aah. Hmm. Perhaps this is why the exit polls were so off?
E-voting problems cause loss of votes, claims report, 8 November 2004
Electronic voting machine problems caused more than 4,500 votes to be lost in one North Carolina county during the US election, and gave US President George Bush more than 3,800 extra votes in an Ohio county, according to reports by the Associated Press.

In North Carolina's Carteret County, apparent confusion over the storage capacity of UniLect e-voting machines caused the county to lose 4,530 votes, according to a report by the Associated Press.
mjj : I know, it's too much to even consider. But something weird is going on here.
Kerry Won. Here are the Facts.
Greg Palast, via
I know you don't want to hear it. You can't face one more hung chad. But I don't have a choice. As a journalist examining that messy sausage called American democracy, it's my job to tell you who got the most votes in the deciding states. Tuesday, in Ohio and New Mexico, it was John Kerry.

Most voters in Ohio thought they were voting for Kerry. At 1:05 a.m. Wednesday morning, CNN's exit poll showed Kerry beating Bush among Ohio women by 53 percent to 47 percent. The exit polls were later combined with—and therefore contaminated by—the tabulated results, ultimately becoming a mirror of the apparent actual vote. Kerry also defeated Bush among Ohio's male voters 51 percent to 49 percent. Unless a third gender voted in Ohio, Kerry took the state.

So what's going on here? Answer: the exit polls are accurate. Pollsters ask, "Who did you vote for?" Unfortunately, they don't ask the crucial, question, "Was your vote counted?" The voters don't know.
mjj : Really terrifying. Grassroots investigative reporting at its best. Midway through, the "soccer mom" narrator walks Howard Dean through how, with access to the machine, one can change the final tally. Chilling. Computer scientists and outraged voters agree: something must be done.
Votergate: the movie
posted Nov. 5, 2004, but content developed earlier
This 30 minute Presidential Election Special Edition of VOTERGATE was created as a free educational service to get out critical information to the public....

Votergate is the investigative documentary feature film uncovering the truth about new computer voting systems, which allow a few powerful corporations to record our votes in secret. But Votergate is not just a warning. The film strongly concludes that elections are harder to defraud when voters turn out in big numbers.

Votergate will continue filming through the Nov. 2nd election and release a 90 minute feature film / DVD. This 30 minute Special Edition is designed specifically to help viewers navigate past the fear and spin being thrown at this critical issue.