The SF-based Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has gathered more than 1600 names on its online petition calling for an independent test of the voting machines used in eight counties where problems were reported during the 2004 presidential election.
Here is an excerpt from the EFF press release:
“On November 2, voting machines in many states…had problems that led thousands of citizens to call a national voter protection hotline. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Verified Voting Foundation (VVF) were at the other end of the line, and the two organizations are very concerned about what they heard. In several states, voters who chose one presidential candidate were presented with confirmation screens that listed another candidate’s name. In others, machines crashed and were rebooted repeatedly, but nobody knows whether votes were lost…EFF and VVF have responded by sending letters to voting officials in the eight counties that experienced the worst technical problems, urging the officials to allow independent testing of the machines…The counties in question are Broward and Palm Beach in Florida, Mahoning and Franklin in Ohio, Mercer and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, Harris in Texas, and Bernalillo in New Mexico.”