Cross posted from Article Of Faith:
Emotions are running high over this topic, but this is an interesting development that needs to be noted:
“With paper ballots from the 2004 presidential election in Ohio scheduled to be destroyed next week, the secretary of state in Columbus, under pressure from critics, said yesterday that he would move to delay the destruction at least for several months.
“The critics, including an independent candidate for governor and a team of statisticians and lawyers, say preliminary results from their ballot inspections show signs of more widespread irregularities than previously known.
“This is not about Mr. Kerry or Mr. Bush or who should be president,” said Bill Goodman, legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York group that is part of the lawsuit. “This is about figuring out what is not working in our election system and ensuring that every cast vote counts.
“There is a gap between the numbers provided in the local level records, which until recently no one has been allowed to see, and the official final tallies that were publicly released after this election, and we want to figure out why that gap is there.”
Again, not to keep belaboring this point, but since the issue of voter fraud and suppression keeps coming up in the blogosphere, it’s important to note the various studies and lawsuits documenting what was, at best, a banana republic-style election in Ohio in 2004.