I apologize for my joking suggestion that those making this argument are members of the foil hat brigade. In fact, it turns out that my suggestion should have been completely serious. The fraud allegations began with a story by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman. It turns out that Fitrakis is cozy with Lyndon LaRouche, the commander of the foil hat brigade!
How could I have been so stupid?! Electoral fraud this vast, this clever could only be the work of a criminal mastermind, none other than Queen Elizabeth!
Friedman does make one factual assertion. He writes:
And, btw, if you actually give a damn (which clearly you don't), you may wish to take note of how many counties in Ohio count their votes with Electronic Devices which employ secret software which is inspected by nobody (as the GAO Report will point out to you if you bother to read it). The percentage is upwards of 98% or so in Ohio. But don't let that stop you from forwarding misleading information.
Actually, only 40 of Ohio's 88 counties (45%) use the Diebold AccuVote that Friedman and others suggest is the machine responsible for the fraud. Another 6 counties (7%) use different types of electronic voting system, 10 counties (11%) use optical scan systems, and 32 counties (36%) use the old-fashioned punchcard machines. So where Freidman comes up with his 98 percent number, I have no idea.