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Conyers and Waxman cut zero 'slack' to those who disenfranchise
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January 12, 2005

The Honorable David M. Walker
Comptroller General
U.S. Government Accountability Office
441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20548

Dear Mr. Walker:

We are writing you today about the extraordinarily long time some Americans were made to wait simply to cast a ballot on election day, November 2, 2004.

According to news reports, it was not unusual on that day for American voters to stand in line at their polling places for several hours before finally reaching the voting booth. While it seems most Americans endured this wait where possible, it is clear that in some cases citizens left the polling places without having voted when personal responsibilities or health concerns made waiting exceedingly difficult. Press accounts of that day focused on the lines in some areas, particularly the cities and college towns of Ohio. However, it appears that these incidents were by no means limited to those areas. One nonpartisan voter assistance hotline collected nearly 1,400 reports of excessively long lines from 32 states, with significant numbers of reports coming from Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and other states.

In light of these incidents, we request a GAO investigation into the long lines and excessive waiting times experienced by voters in the 2004 election. Specifically, we ask that GAO:

1. Identify the voting jurisdictions in which voters experienced excessive waiting times and determine to what extent these waiting times involved minority, young, or first-time voters.

2. Assess the cause of these excessive waiting times, including whether they were related to problems with voter registration; voting machines and supplies; or local election officials, including poll workers.

3. Identify the significant issues that need to be addressed to reduce the waiting times in these jurisdictions.

Participating in elections is one of the most basic rights of Americans. Allowing long lines and other barriers to participation to persist threatens that right.

GAO staff should contact Nancy Scola to discuss additional details of this work and the time frame for completion.


Henry A. Waxman
Rankning Minority Member
John Conyers, Jr.
Ranking Minority Member

Thanks to Ray Beckerman for posting: /

"Bush Owns It: Let's Purge It" -- NOW!

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  -Conyers and Waxman cut zero 'slack' to those who disenfranchise understandinglife  Jan-12-05 11:02 PM   #0 
  - Where were these two guys - or the Democrats in general -  FloridaPat   Jan-12-05 11:06 PM   #1 
  - Meticulously gathering sufficient evidence to SLAM THE BUSHIT OUT OF...  understandinglife   Jan-12-05 11:13 PM   #4 
  - What's the Purge?  FloridaPat   Jan-13-05 06:14 PM   #6 
     - Combination of indictments, impeachments, suits and elected replacements.  understandinglife   Jan-13-05 07:37 PM   #12 
        - Oh, and for the 'on what basis' question....  understandinglife   Jan-13-05 08:38 PM   #13 
           - As to methodology....  understandinglife   Jan-14-05 10:01 AM   #16 
           - I still want that report released!!!!!!  troubleinwinter   Jan-14-05 10:41 AM   #18 
  - Sure, condemn them for not acting before, instead of commending them...  ClassWarrior   Jan-14-05 10:03 AM   #17 
  - That is a fantastic letter.  tasteblind   Jan-12-05 11:07 PM   #2 
  - Conyers: the energizer bunny  IndyPriest   Jan-12-05 11:10 PM   #3 
  - How will we know if the Honorable David M. Walker does...  whistle   Jan-12-05 11:17 PM   #5 
  - Understandinglife does it ..again  me b zola   Jan-13-05 06:51 PM   #7 
  - Excellent memory 'me b zola'; in fact, it was in Fraudwell's official...  understandinglife   Jan-13-05 07:05 PM   #9 
     - How do you do that so fast?  me b zola   Jan-13-05 07:32 PM   #11 
        - I just keep a file of the stuff handy and google like crazy ....  understandinglife   Jan-13-05 08:40 PM   #14 
  - Great news today about Conyers! Don't miss this  IndyOp   Jan-13-05 06:57 PM   #8 
  - I'm so proud of Conyers--doesn't give up.  Vidar   Jan-13-05 07:07 PM   #10 
  - Thanks, UL. Katherine Blackwell must go down.  bleever   Jan-13-05 09:17 PM   #15 

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