Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Following yesterday's election, the folks at Black Box Voting have filed the largest Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) request in history. They have requested records from 3000 individual counties and townships. Included among the formal request are internal audit logs, polling place results slips, modem transmission logs, and computer trouble slips.

When similar requests were made following the Sept. 15 primary election in King County, Washington, several major problems were uncovered, including a three hour gap in the logs, beginning soon after the polls closed.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Astronaut Leroy Chiao became the first American to cast a vote for President from space. Using a secure email connection, his completed ballot was sent from the International Space Station to Mission Control in Houston Texas, where it was then forwarded to the Galveston County clerk's office, where Chiao usually resides.
The polls in California have been open less than four hours and the stories of problems are coming in. Boing Boing has two posts so far out of Santa Clara County, one about how difficult it is to cast a paper ballots and another showing a photo of a voting machine error. Voters who are having problems are being encouraged to visit VoteProblem.
L.A. Observed today is asking "Does the Getty monitor email?" It seems the departure of Deborah Gribbon is only the beginning of the problems with our art castle on the hill.
The new and very political video by Eminem, Mosh has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times, according to estimates by Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive. "We are serving more around 2 videos each second at this point". This may be record for the 'net.