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Build A Better Bush, Part II

October 31, 2004


I recently posted a short statement about possible election mix-ups in a recent Texas election. A comment from Neha made me realize that was a pretty strong statement to post without some sources to back it up.

Since I want to be known in the internet community as A) a person who at least occasionally knows something about something, B) a person who admits that she does not always know something, C) a person who attempts to be an unbiased and open-minded as possible, and D) a person who is skeptical and always researches an issue before formulating an opinion, I figured I better post an update:

First of all, this entry posted by livejournal user, katesparkle on October 29, 2004 at 02:02pm is what first caught my attention:

"Yesterday a friend voted early at a polling location in Austin. She voted straight Democratic. When she did the final check, lo and behold every vote was for the Democratic candidates except that it showed she had voted for Bush/Cheney for president/vice pres.”

Read the full entry.

A search on Google led me to this message board post on ABC News containing the exact same information as katesparkle’s post, adding contact information for two people from the Travis County Democratic Party. This entry was posted Oct 23, 2004 at 11:42 AM.

Furthing searching led me to this site: Voters Unite is keeping an update tally of reported election problems for the current election. This site has no mention of the Travis County election mix-ups listed under the election problems page. It does, however, detail a LOT of election problems of which voters should be aware.

I decided to do a more detailed search and finally hit paydirt:

“Gail Fisher, manager of the county's Elections Division, theorizes that after [enter]ing their straight party vote, some voters are going to the next page on the electronic ballot and pressing "enter," perhaps thinking they are pressing "cast ballot" or "next page." Since the Bush/Cheney ticket is the first thing on the page, it is highlighted when the page comes up – and thus, pressing "enter" at that moment causes the Kerry/Edwards vote to be changed to Bush/Cheney.”

County Responds to Voting Machine Problems. This article, posted on Voters Unite, is written by Lee Nichols and published in the Austin Chronicle on October 22, 2004. The original article on the Austin Chronicle website is here.

Travis County issues a press release regarding the rumors about the election.

Travis County Official Website

Further research led me to this article which I will leave you with as my final word on the subject:

The Dastardly Eslate by Lee Nichols, October 29, 2004.

Thanks, Neha, for inspiring me to trace the path of this tidbit! I leave you, random reader, to formulate your own damn opinion. ;c)

Some of my favorite LJ friends have a lot to say about the election. I am so proud of all my livejournal friends. Please read some of their entries:here,
here, here, here, here, and here.

Moira at 01:46 PM :: Comments (3) :: « :: »

Great work, Moira. That's some in depth research you've done there.

Posted by: Neha at October 31, 2004 10:18 PM

Despite all this, my "2 cents" still is: vote!!! If voter fraud ends up being the issue--from whatever side, we can deal with that later. Just get your voice heard, even if someone tries to take it from you. You have no possibility of being heard if you don't vote.

Posted by: Evan at November 1, 2004 09:07 PM

Thanks for linking to me :)

Posted by: Eric Lee at November 2, 2004 03:39 PM
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