The following letter has been sent by Congressman Conyers:
Anne Sweeney, Co-Chairman, Media Networks, The Walt Disney Company and President, Disney-ABC Television Group
Bob Wright, President, NBC
Gail Berman, President, FOX
Jim Walton, President, CNN
Thomas Curley, President, Associated Press
Andrew Heyward, President, CBS
I write to request the raw exit poll data from the 2004 November presidential election that you purchased from Mitofsky International and Edison Media Research. I have requested this data from Mitofsky International and Edison Media directly; however, those companies claim a proprietary interest in voter tallies, and I have not been able to persuade them to share this information with the Judiciary Committee.
As you are aware, the American citizenry has voiced a collective lack of faith in government to carry out fair election procedures. It is important that the Judiciary Committee access raw voter poll data so that discrepancies between those numbers and certified election results can be investigated. The data may evidence instances of voting irregularities that occurred as the result of poor election practices and intentional voter disenfranchisement. Without the raw data, the Committee will be severely handicapped in its efforts to show the need for serious election reform in the United States.
For these reasons, I ask that you share this information with the Committee. We are happy to honor any confidentiality restrictions you may need to place on this data. Thank you for your attention to this matter. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Perry Apelbaum or Ted Kalo of the House Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff at (202) 225-6504.
John Conyers, Jr.
House Committee on the Judiciary
Cc: Honorable F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr.