s skippy the bush kangaroo

skippy the bush kangaroo

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

voting machines? we don't need no steenkin' voting machines!

thanks to renee in ohio's dkos diary, we went to the free press website to find this article about how ohio officials let 68 voting machines sit in storage on election day:

one telling piece of evidence was entered into the record at the saturday, november 13 public hearing on election irregularities and voter suppression held by nonpartisan voter rights organizations. cliff arnebeck, a common cause attorney, introduced into the record the franklin county board of elections spreadsheet detailing the allocation of e-voting computer machines for the 2004 election. the board of elections’ own document records that, while voters waited in lines ranging from 2-7 hours at polling places, 68 electronic voting machines remained in storage and were never used on election day.

the board of elections document details that there are 2886 “total machines” in franklin county. twenty of them are “in vans for breakdowns.” the county record acknowledges 2886 were available on election day, november 2 and that 2798 of their machines were “placed by close of polls.” the difference between the machines “available” and those “placed” is 68. the nonpartisan election protection coalition provided legal advisors and observed 58 polling places in primarily african american and poor neighborhoods in franklin county.

an analysis of the franklin county board of elections’ allocation of machines reveals a consistent pattern of providing fewer machines to the democratic city of columbus, with its democratic mayor and uniformly democratic city council, despite increased voter registration in the city. the result was an obvious disparity in machine allocations compared to the primarily republican white affluent suburbs.
posted by skippy at 9:05 AM |


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