To the Editor:
In the guise of warning readers about potential voting-machine fraud in 2008, the Times and Clive Thompson continue to misrepresent the 2004 fraud in Ohio that gave the election to the Republicans.
Mr. Thompson writes, "The earliest critiques of digital voting booths (sic) came from the fringe..." Aside from confusing booths with machines, that statement is simply false. Numerous non-partisan coalitions sent volunteers around the country in 2004 to serve as pollwatchers (I was one). The idea was to avoid a repeat of the 2000 election debacle. Most volunteers were fully cognizant of the dangers of electronic voting, and had articulated their fears loudly and clearly for months before the election.
The national media, and the Times, weren't listening, either before or after Election Day. A week later, and notwithstanding 57,000 protest calls (from "the fringe") to an 800-number in the first 48 hours, the Times dismissed all complaints as the work of "Internet bloggers" and "conspiracy theorists" in a front-page article. The tacit message was, "Pay no attention to all this talk."
Now, evidently the Times has been born again. Sorry. Right message, wrong messenger.
Robert Lockwood Mills is the author of five published books, including two personal biographies. His historical docudrama, 'The Trial of John Wilkes Booth,' was broadcast by Connecticut Public Radio in 1999. Three of his essays have been published (more...