Voter's Digest

The latest election fraud warnings

On the Ground, a Slight Swing Toward Kerry (site registration required)
DES MOINES, Oct. 31 — With both parties fiercely focused on getting their likely backers out to vote in Iowa on Tuesday, a new poll suggests that President Bush's support in this battleground state waned last week. The tight race here could slip into legal warfare as soon as 6 a.m. Monday, when election officials in numerous counties begin unwrapping completed absentee ballots in preparation for counting. Starting then, Republican leaders said, they will challenge any ballots cast by Democrats who they suspect were ineligible to vote. Democrats say they will be out in force to protect any votes from being unfairly tossed out.
—Michael Moss The New York Times, November 1, 2004

GOP, City Reach Deal on Voter List
Poll workers could challenge 5,512
Republican and City of Milwaukee leaders reached an agreement Sunday ending a faceoff over thousands of registered voters with questionable addresses. Under the agreement, a list of 5,512 prospective city voters whose addresses are questionable will be distributed to polling places. Those on the list who show up to vote will be asked to fill out a change of address card or registration form, and to show proof of residency—a driver's license, utility bill or some other document showing an address—before casting their ballot.
—Meg Jones Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 1, 2004

When Did Voting Get So Intimidating? (site registration required)
The dangers of litigating the election
On the eve of an election in a great nation trying to sell the idea of democracy to the rest of the world, it is a scandal that so many Americans are wondering whether judges and lawyers—not voters—will decide the outcome. It is a scandal that one side suspects the other of trying to depress turnout in the name of fighting fraud. It is a scandal that all this talk of a disputed election may discourage some voters from going to the polls. It is a scandal that we have taken a basic act of citizenship and turned it into a complicated, litigated, chad-infested, technologically convoluted and anxiety-ridden act.
—E. J. Dionne Jr. The Washington Post, October 31,2004

Now They're Registered, Now They're Not (site registration required)
Election officials express dismay at extent of misinformation, variety of tricks targeting voters
As if things weren't complicated enough, here comes the dirt. Registered voters who have been somehow unregistered. Democrats who suddenly find they've been re-registered as Republicans. A flier announcing that Election Day has been extended through Wednesday.
—Jo Becker & David Finkel The Washington Post, October 31, 2004

Constitutional Scholar Expects 'Chaos' at N.J. Polls (site registration required)
Unless you've been living in a cave, you know this is a too-close-to-call presidential race in a too-close-to-call state where thousands of people lined up for hours to register to vote for the first time in their lives. Let's just say a lot can happen Tuesday.
—Amy Klein The Bergen Record, November 1, 2004

When the Voting Bloc Lives Inside a Cellblock (site registration required)
WARREN, Me. — John Barczak has had a lot of time to think about what he wants in a president. In a sense, he has had nothing but time. Mr. Barczak is spending at least 35 years in a maximum security prison for committing a double murder.
—Pam Belluck The New York Times, November 1, 2004

Feds Eye Hispanic vote
Because of the recent surge in Hispanic voters across Long Island, federal monitors will be deployed to polling places throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties tomorrow. The U.S. Department of Justice is sending the monitors in an effort to protect all citizens' right to vote.
—New York Daily News, November 1, 2004

GOP Challenging Voter Registrations (site registration required)
Civil rights groups accuse Republicans of trying to disenfranchise minorities
Republicans yesterday continued to challenge the validity of tens of thousands of voter registrations in Ohio and other key states in the presidential election while a coalition of civil rights and labor groups sued the GOP, contending the Republican efforts were aimed at removing eligible minority voters from the rolls.
—Jo Becker The Washington Post, October 29, 2004

For New Florida Vote Chief, Some Precount Butterflies (site registration required)
MIAMI, Oct. 28 — The woman in the puffy pink gown waving a wand and a "Glenda the Bad Witch" sign at a rally last week was but one reminder: Glenda E. Hood, Florida's secretary of state, is not winning many popularity contests these days.
—Abby Goodbough The New York Times, October 29, 2004

GOP Calls 925 Felons Illegal Voters (site registration required)
The Republican Party of Florida drew up its own list of felons it says are ineligible to vote. The party could use the information to contest election results if they are close again in Florida.
TALLAHASSEE — Foreshadowing a possible challenge of voters on Election Day or in court soon after, Florida's Republican Party said Thursday that it believes nearly 1,000 illegal voters plan to cast ballots this year.
—Gary Fineout The Miami Herald, October 29, 2004

Ohio Court Battles Flare Over Challenges to Voters (site registration required)
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 28 — Ohio was a confusing patchwork of litigation and election board hearings on Thursday as Democratic and Republican lawyers waged courtroom battles from Cincinnati to Newark, N.J., over the rights of tens of thousands of Ohioans to cast ballots next week.
—James Dao & Ford Fessenden The New York Times, October 29, 2004

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