Saturday, February 25, 2006

Early Hurricane Season in Florida

Those of us who have been following the news about global warming are worried about the upcoming hurricane season.  But now another storm is brewing in Florida, and it has nothing to do with global warming.  

The storm is being generated by Black Box Voting, which describes itself as "a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501c(3) organization. We are the official consumer protection group for elections, funded by citizen donations."  They have released a report of their inspection of voting machine logs from Palm Beach, Volusia, and Broward County, used in the November 2, 2004 elections.  Their report shows that the logs contain over 100,000 error messages.  In addition, the logs show many votes were recorded in October 2004, even though the specific machines were not used for early elections.  

In this post, I describe some of the findings documented by Black Box Voting, then I take a look at the way the news media handled the report.  What I find is that there are two problems that, taken together, create the conditions for a perfect storm.  Continue reading, here.