Diebold's error rate ranges from 1% to 4.4% (Remember the difference in '00 and '04 was less than one-half of one percent) The federally-required standard is something like .000001 percent - thousands of times less than Diebold's admitted failure rate.
The Rolling Stone gives a wonderful summation of the Republican efforts to block the vote.
But what about the ongoing ACORN/Obama 'scandal'?
Thus far, The GOP has claimed ACORN is committing massive voter fraud...but there is NO EVIDENCE that ACORN has done so. ACORN did receive fraudulent voter registration forms ('Donald Duck registered, I guess), but ACORN, just like the GOP voter registration drive in CA in 2006 is required by federal law to turn in those registration forms, no matter how fraudulent...and ACORN flagged the forms pointed them out to the election commissions!
YES, some of ACORN's foot soldiers committed voter registration (but NOT voter fraud, because 'Donald Duck' hasn't VOTED yet)...but foot soldiers of EVERY organization does the wrong thing sometime. The key fact is that ACORN flagged the suspect registrations and pointed them out...and are getting hammered for it in Nevada, in Missouri, in Florida, in Ohio, and in New Mexico.
Back in 2004, conservative pundit Michelle Malkin and NewsMax accused ACORN (falsely) of registering a terrorist to vote.
Stephen Rosenfeld at AlterNet filed a report that puts things in proper perspective:
"Faked names on voter registration forms. Error rates as high as 60 percent. Firing the people responsible for these errors. Investigations launched by local and state police. Sound familiar? This is not ACORN in the 2008 election's final days.
"This is the California Republican Party and its contractors in 2006, when the same problems that are now dogging ACORN and providing political fodder for GOP attacks plagued an effort by California Republicans to register 750,000 people. ...But let's put ACORN's errors in perspective. More than 120 million Americans may vote in November. ACORN, which hired 13,000 workers to register 1.3 million voters, had a few bad hires - like any big company.
But unlike the California GOP in its 2006 voter drive, ACORN has a policy of telling local election officials when it believes it has fraudulent registrations. It is required by states to submit all voter applications and urges election officials to prosecute knowing mistakes. The current case against ACORN comes from its own disclosures.
Remember, there's a BIG difference between voter registration fraud and actual voter fraud. In the past two years, there's been absolutely ZERO cases of voter fraud - or even evidence of any such 'voter fraud' - by either ACORN or any of the 1.3 million voters registered by ACORN over the past two years. But that fact means little to McCain, Palin, and the Republican proxies who cry loud and long about ACORN 'voter fraud'. It seems they're every bit as familiar with what constitutes 'voter fraud' as Sarah Palin is with the job description of the vice president.