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Florida's Vanishing Votes

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Susan Pynchon
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Over 100,000 votes went uncounted in Florida's November 2006 election -- all on the ES&S iVotronic paperless touchscreen voting machines -- as described in a recently released report by Florida Fair Elections Center. The report, the result of a year-long investigation by FFEC Executive Director Susan Pynchon and FFEC Research Director Kitty Garber, concludes that it was the failure of the iVotronic machines that resulted in thousands of uncounted votes in the closely-contested November 2006 Congressional District 13 race in Sarasota County--a race that has been the subject of two lawsuits to overturn the results of that election, and which is still the subject of an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Congressional House Administration Committee and the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO). more...
I should note that our Research Director, Kitty Garber, also released a separate report yesterday, which is a scholarly and in-depth look at the astronomically high undervotes in the Florida Attorney General's race in the November 2006 election. It was Kitty's brilliant work--analyzing all the other iVotronic counties in the state--that was really the "coup d'etat" that allowed us to indisputably prove that it was the iVotronic machines that were responsible for the vast majority of undervotes in Sarasota, along with the massive machine failures we uncovered.
Kitty's report is at http://www.floridafairelections.org/reports/LostVotes_Part_2.pdf An earlier report on the high iVotronic undervotes statewide, also by Kitty Garber, is at
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Susan Pynchon is the founder and Executive Director of Florida Fair Elections Coalition and its research counterpart Florida Fair Elections Center.
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