[E-voting] Blogger Says GAO Election Report Not Covered Enough

Catherine Ansbro cansbro at eircom.net
Sun Nov 6 11:56:12 GMT 2005

*Blogger Says GAO Election Report Not Covered Enough*

By E&P Staff

Published: November 04, 2005 11:20 AM ET
*NEW YORK* BradBlog.com's Brad Friedman says major wire services and 
American newspapers have given little or no coverage to last month's 
Government Accountability Office (GAO) report confirming election 

Friedman made his criticism in an article titled "Mainstream Media to 
American Democracy: Drop Dead!" It appeared Friday on HuffingtonPost.com 
<http://HuffingtonPost.com>, which is named after syndicated columnist 
Arianna Huffington of Tribune Media Services.

The GAO report -- released two weeks ago by the nonpartisan federal 
agency -- said "concerns about electronic voting machines have been 
realized and have caused problems with recent elections, resulting in 
the loss and miscount of votes."

Some observers, such as author Mark Crispin Miller, have said these 
problems may have swung the 2004 election to George W. Bush.

"The release of the report was accompanied by a bipartisan news release 
which lauded its findings," wrote Friedman. "That's right. Six 
high-ranking U.S. Congressmen -- three Democrats and three Republicans 
-- issued the incredibly rare joint news release together. Two of those 
Congressmen were Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Rep. John Conyers 
(D-Mich.), chairman and ranking minority member, respectively, of the 
U.S. House Judiciary Committee."

Friedman also wrote: "The electronic voting machines which are 
proliferating in counties and states across America...are not secure, 
not accountable, not recountable, not transparent, not accurate, and not 
adequately monitored or certified by anybody."
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