Election Protection 2004: Shattering the Myth
December 31, 2004 | Download
This preliminary summary provides an initial view of the types of reports and problems experienced by the Election Protection Coalition during the 2004 Presidential Election Cycle. To date, more than 39,000 complaints have been recorded in the Electronic Incident Reporting System (EIRS) database, with thousands more still be added. These problems must be analyzed, publicized, and remedied. The margin of victory in the Presidential election led to the popular misconception that the election went smoothly; this summary aims to address that misconception by highlighting the problems voters encountered and giving voice to the disturbingly large number of citizens who were unable to cast a ballot because of obstacles to the ballot box.