History was made January 6, 2005. I had the privilege to be there and be part of it. For the first time in modern history, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate joined together to "object" to the outcome of a state presidential election result because of significant irregularities and questions about the integrity of the election process and vote results. Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones from Ohio and Senator Barbara Boxer from California raised the objection. Their objections were based on:
I had the privilege to briefly meet with one of Senator Boxer's aides and other Senators' aides as well to share an information quality perspective on the broken processes. The objection led to a two-hour opportunity for each chamber to comment on their concerns or position. Several Senators spoke to the real need for significant improvement to the election processes. One Senator said he will be proposing legislation he called the "Federal Election Integrity Act." Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, the comments included partisan responses. It was most unfortunate to hear a Senator call the debate a waste of "four hours time," even though most were not in the room for the debate and in light of the testimony that many voters waited in voting lines in the rain from four to 10 hours because of inadequate or broken voting machines in their precincts.
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