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3: Number of years between the time the government’s own U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recommended a series of measures to protect the integrity of the U.S. vote and the November 2004 election. Because many of the commission’s recommendations were not enacted, the commission concluded in July of 2004 that “the potential is real and present for s\ignificant problems on voting day that once again will compromise the right to vote.”

90: Approximate number of seconds it took Bev Harris, author of Black Box Voting, to “edit” mock election results on live national television months ago by hacking into electronic voting systems, reversing election results and leaving no trace that data had been altered.

8: Number of hours some voters waited on Nov. 2 for a chance to vote in Ohio.

175,000: Estimated number of voters whose ballots were “challenged” in Ohio, according to Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell.

6: Number of states, including Florida, in which citizens reported voting for John Kerry on electronic voting machines only to find that their votes had been recorded for George W. Bush, according to CNN.

29: Number of heavily Democratic Florida counties that wound up voting heavily Republican for president, according to the Florida Secretary of State’s office. Those 29 counties all used traditional optical scan ballots which were counted on a centralized tabulating PC; other heavily Democratic counties using new electronic voting systems hewed to historical form and voted heavily Democratic.

3,893: Number of votes given to George W. Bush by voting machines, not voters, in Franklin County, Ohio. The county’s electronic voting machines gave Bush 4,258 votes in precinct 1B, but Matthew Damschroder, director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, told USA TODAY that that precinct only had 638 total voters.

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