Thursday, November 11, 2004

 

Kerry's attorneys now have 30 questions about Ohio

The "better late than never" award apparently goes to the Kerry campaign. Apparently its lawyers have finally shaken off their post-Nov. 2 stun and, according to the PD, are now sniffing around the plethora of voting issues in Ohio:
Lawyers with John Kerry's presidential campaign are gathering information from Ohio election boards about uncounted ballots and other unresolved issues from last week's election. Attorneys say they are not trying to challenge the election but are only carrying out Kerry's promise to make sure that all the votes in Ohio are counted. They describe this effort, which began this week, as a "fact-finding mission." [. . . ]

The Kerry campaign has compiled a list of more than 30 questions for local election officials, asking about the number of absentee and provisional ballots, any reports of equipment malfunctions on election night, and any ballots that still listed third-party challenger Ralph Nader as a candidate.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

 

That nagging feeling about the vote

Until now, we've hoped that the story about voting irregularities would take a distinct turn, one way or the other. That would have made it a lot simple to take a position on whether there indeed was something nefarious going on.

Honestly, we think it's probably not rational to believe - based on anything we've seen so far, warts and all - that anyone will find enough Kerry votes in Ohio to overturn the outcome. And, clearly, we are not the first among Kerry supporters to say that.

On the other hand, there are enough disconcerting stories still alive that someone(s), including a lot of the Dems on the election boards, better start providing a better explanation than what's been offered so far. And the reporting sure as hell better get sharper, too. Maybe it's our scientific background, but the apparent lack of desire by elections officials from both parties to determine 1) the root cause of these problems, and 2) why the testing system failed to identify the problems either before Nov. 2 or during the reporting that evening, is mind-boggling.

Here is what still sticks in our craw:
So, we're willing to consider conceding that Kerry lost. But, as long as the explanations are of such piss-poor quality, we think we'll hold off just for spite.

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