GAO tackles vote probe

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced yesterday that it plans to investigate alleged voter irregularities during the 2004 election, a response to two separate letters written by a group of Democratic lawmakers, including Reps. John Conyers (Mich.), Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Robert Wexler (Fla.), Robert Scott (Va.) and Rush Holt (N.J.).

The lawmakers released a statement yesterday: “On its own authority, the GAO will examine the security and accuracy of voting technologies, distribution and allocation of voting machines, and counting of provisional ballots.”

A spokesperson for Conyers said the intent of requesting the investigation was not to overturn election results but to improve the overall mechanics of the voting process.

The legislators said they will provide the GAO with copies of specific incident reports, which they have received over the past three weeks.

Elizabeth Fulk