November 09, 2004 - 7:27 am
every wednesday morning i get the harpers weekly review delivered to my inbox. i try not to get caught up in conspiracy theories, but it definitely raises some questions about the election.
Ohio polls were extremely long; one was estimated at 22 hours. Election software in Onslow County, North Carolina,
miscounted the votes for county commissioners. Some voting machines in Broward County, Florida, started counting backward once they reached 32,000. An electronic voting machine in Ohio added 3,893 votes to President Bush's tally in a district that had only 800 voters. Four thousand five hundred and thirty early electronic votes in Carteret County, North Carolina, were lost. Votes were also lost in Palm Beach County, Florida, and in Tampa. Journalists were still trying to figure out why exit polls -- which projected
that John Kerry would win in Florida, Ohio, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, and Iowa -- turned out to be completely
wrong. "Exit polls are almost never wrong," wrote Dick Morris. "Exit polls cannot be as wrong across the board as
they were on election night. I suspect foul play." It was noted that anomalous voting patterns in Florida (where a
disproportionate number of Democrats apparently voted for George W. Bush) were all confined to counties where optical-scanning machines are used to read paper ballots. Such votes are tabulated by Windows-based PCs that are vulnerable to tampering."