Although a delay has been won, Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, the Katherine Harris of 2004, understandably remains in a big rush to destroy the paper ballots from the 2004 presidential vote in Ohio, which he supervised to Harrisesque perfection.
Surprise surprise, preliminary results from ballot inspections "show signs of more widespread irregularities than previously known," the NY Times reports.
Only similar pressure from critics persuaded Florida to preserve the paper records of the 2000 election.
I don't how they determined this, but a March 2005 report by the Democratic National Committee said 2 percent of the Ohio electorate, or "approximately 129,543 voters," had intended to vote but did not do so because of long lines and other problems at polling stations, but that those votes, if cast, "would not have erased Bush’s 118,000 vote margin in the state." It was mostly African-Americans (strangely enough) who were affected by the polling station problems; and nationwide, Kerry got 89% of African-American votes. Do the arithmetic. It's pretty close.
But whether GOP shenanigans made the difference in the end or not, it would be helpful to know just how hard they tried.