Amen to Donna Britt's column about voting irregularities [Metro, Nov. 12]. Even if the election results will not be changed after all the incidents have been checked out, the mere existence of so many problems should spark further investigation.

I hope The Post pursues these stories, no matter where they lead.




Manuel Roig-Franzia and Dan Keating's Nov. 11 news story, "Latest Conspiracy Theory -- Kerry Won -- Hits the Ether," said that none of the most popular theories about electoral wrongdoing holds up to close scrutiny.

While our complex and dysfunctional voting system supplies ample grist for speculation, some of it wildly unfounded, our sometimes bewildering election results certainly are worthy of serious analysis. The condescending tone of the piece ill serves citizens who desire a thorough understanding of the election results.


New York


I was disappointed by the derisive tone of the Nov. 11 article on the discrepancy between exit polls and the outcome of the election. The article characterized those calling for an investigation of this election as conspiracy theorists and insisted that whatever election problems occurred were insufficient to overturn the results. But The Post isn't really in a position to know that, absent an investigation.

Many ballots in Ohio reportedly were rejected as "spoiled" because they did not record a vote for president, but we don't know how many. If, as I have heard, the "spoiled" ballots were endemic to predominantly Democratic precincts because punch-card machines were not cleaned out as often as machines in Republican districts, this could cause a tilt toward the GOP.

This may not be true, but it should be checked out. And it's not that farfetched, given the conflict of interest in having a state election board run by partisan political operatives.