In late May 2004, thanks in part to the vigilance of several outside readers who phoned in,
we discovered that some person or persons had tampered with this feature's tally. Specifically,
on May 16-17, 1,540,016 "Yes" votes and 33,641 "No" votes were cast via just four IP addresses.
(Prior to May 16, a total of roughly 124,000 votes of any kind had been cast since the feature
launched in April 2001.)
Deeming the credibility of the tally to have been compromised, we made this page unavailable
for several days while we decided how best to address this problem. In the end, we threw out
these suspicious votes and recalculated the remaining response numbers and percentages. Then
we did a more thorough scouring of votes from before May 2004.
It appears that a lesser degree of multiple voting has been going on for some time, so we have
decided to temporarily remove the final vote and tallying options from this feature until we
can put a more secure system in place. The feature itself remains unchanged, and we encourage
you to challenge your stance on GM foods by reading it. We apologize for any inconvenience, and
we appreciate your readership.—The Editors