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Florida: group says electronic voting machine tampering may have made a difference in 2004 presidential election

AP reports: An examination of Palm Beach County's electronic voting machine records from the 2004 election found possible tampering and tens of thousands of malfunctions and errors, a watchdog group said Thursday.

Bev Harris, founder of BlackBoxVoting.org, said the findings call into question the outcome of the presidential race. But county officials and the maker of the electronic voting machines strongly disputed that.

Voting problems would have had to have been widespread to make a difference. President Bush won Florida -- and its 27 electoral votes -- by 381,000 votes in 2004. Overall, he defeated John Kerry by 286 to 252 electoral votes, with 270 needed for victory.

BlackBoxVoting.org, which describes itself as a nonpartisan, nonprofit citizens group, said it found 70,000 instances in Palm Beach County of cards getting stuck in the paperless ATM-like machines and that the computers logged about 100,000 errors, including memory failures. -- Watchdog group finds Florida vote error-ridden

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Why is it no one mentions that Palm Beach County voted overwhelmingly for John Kerry by 328,000 to 212,000. So if there were any errors in Palm Beach County, then Bush's margin in Florida would have been higher.

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