Negligent oversight and fraud occurring in Detroit elections included cases of city employees coaxing nursing home residents to vote, ballots being sent to juvenile detention homes, voting rolls with 300,000 registrants who had moved or died, and people voting from abandoned homes and vacant lots. The highly contested presidential election in 2000 brought about legislation requiring updating voting equipment by 2006, but the federally funded mandate puts billions of taxpayers' dollars toward complicated technology that few election officials understand, which has led to concerns about the integrity of future elections. In addition to campaign finance stories, election data can generate a number of other investigations, including grouping voter registration rolls and demographics by precinct with election results, mapping election winners by precinct and comparing voter turnout precinct maps with Census demographic data.
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