Rather report rundown (*updated)
Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
Just finished watching Dan Rather’s “The Trouble With Touch Screens” on HDNet. Frazier Moore at the AP has filed this summary of the piece without repeating any of the names of the companies Rather and his team investigated. From Moore’s article:
[The report explores] the very paper from which punch-card ballots were made and glaring shortcuts in how certain touch-screen voting machines were produced.
“Our story is not that the election would have turned out differently in 2000 if certain things hadn’t happened. No one can know that,” Rather said Monday. But his eight-month investigation has “dug down vertically as deep as we were capable of doing” to probe the brewing problems — including on-camera interviews with workers who had a front-row seat.
As soon as I get a hold of the episode transcript I’ll post bits from the report here.
* Late Tuesday night update: WIRED’s Threat Level blog does look into some of the companies that Rather named in his investigative report, and finds that voting machine manufacturer ES&S didn’t disclose a Manila manufacturer of its voting machines to the appropriate government agency. Rather’s crew visits that factory to interview workers who speak about poor wages, working conditions, and flaws in the design of the voting machines. ES&S contacted Threat Level to respond to the post. Kim Zetter writes:
After this post was published, ES&S responded to my query about why the Manila factory didn’t appear on its list of manufacturers by saying that it was an “unintentional oversight” and that the company would promptly update the list it had sent the EAC and “ensure future reports contain all information required.”