21 May 2001

In case you missed it

Item 1: The Republicans in Florida paid Database Technologies (DBT) to produce a list of felons who could be prevented from voting in the Presidential election. Only one county checked the accuracy of the list it was given; they found it was 95% wrong. It turns out that DBT did not verify the information by phone, even though they were paid to do so. DBT say that Clayton Roberts, Republican head of elections, “…wanted there to be more names than were actually verified as being a convicted felon.” It’s estimated that the Democrats lost 22,000 votes because of the inaccuracy of the database.

Item 2: California Public Utilities Commission has analyzed data on power plant activity, and determined that plants were deliberately shut down during periods of power shortage, to increase prices.

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