By Brad Friedman on 11/23/2004, 12:03pm PT  

With more than 14 Democratic Congressman now joining the call for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the E-Voting Irregularities, word has just come out that they will indeed begin an investigation!

I just saw it on the CNN crawl, and here is how Common Cause is reporting it:

The Government Accoutability Office is going to investigate the voting irregularities of 2004 elections. Here is the press release we just received in our email minutes ago:

Government Accountability Office to Conduct Investigation of 2004 Election Irregularities

(Washington, DC) Reps. John Conyers, Jr., Jerrold Nadler, Robert Wexler, Robert Scott, and Rush Holt announced today that, in response to their November 5 and 8 letters to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the GAO has decided to move forward with an investigation of election irregularities in the 2004 election. The five Members issued the following statement:

"We are pleased that the GAO has reviewed the concerns expressed in our letters and has found them of sufficient merit to warrant further investigation. 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. We are hopeful that GAO's non-partisan and expert analysis will get to the bottom of the flaws uncovered in the 2004 election. As part of this inquiry, we will provide copies of specific incident reports received in our offices, including more than 57,000 such complaints provided to the House Judiciary Committee.

"The core principle of any democracy is the consent of the governed. All Americans, no matter how they voted, need to have confidence that when they cast their ballot, their voice is heard."

The Members listed above were joined in requesting the non-partisan GAO investigation by Reps. Melvin Watt, John Olver, Bob Filner, Gregory Meeks, Barbara Lee, Tammy Baldwin, Louise Slaughter and George Miller.

As well, more breaking news seems to be coming this afternoon as well. Notable items I hope to have more on later today:

  • Judy Woodruff teases with "Did E-Voting Work?" on her show scheduled for 3:30pm ET (12:30pm PT) (A report at CNN.com on the GAO Investigation is now online here. Video of Woodruff's report here.)
  • I may have some more "news from Jeff Fisher" for you later today (he called last night, and I hope to speak to him shortly)
  • And then there was this last night from Bev Harris at BlackBoxVoting.org:
    UPDATE due Tuesday Nov 23 --- A significant development, announcement late afternoon or evening.

    BREAKING --- MONDAY NOV 22 2004: Florida counties stonewall records requests. While some Florida counties have been attentive to the public interest and have promptly complied with our public records requests (scroll down for the Nov. 2 records request, for critical audit diagnostics), other counties have stalled, stonewalled, failed to comply in a timely manner, or outright refused to provide the records. Stay tuned for who they are and what happens next.

  • Apparently reports of my "vacation" may have been greatly exaggerated...Stand by...ALL DEVELOPING...