Voter's Digest

The latest election fraud warnings

Partisan Suspicions Run High in Swing States (site registration required)
Democrats say the GOP aims to disenfranchise the poor and minorities. Republicans counter with claims of voter registration fraud.
MILWAUKEE — The vast open rotunda soared above them as they waited by the hundreds to register and cast absentee ballots inside City Hall, the 19th century landmark modeled after a long-forgotten Dutch guildhall. It was a predominantly African American crowd, and people sang "We Shall Overcome."
—Peter Wallsten, Ken Silverstein & Elizabeth Shogren The Los Angeles Times, October 26, 2004

Gov. Bush Defends State Voting System After Criticism (site registration required)
Charges of partisanship against state elections officials, fraud allegations and a flurry of lawsuits have put Gov. Jeb Bush on the defensive.
TALLAHASSEE — With a week to go until Election Day, Gov. Jeb Bush could be devoting all his energy to helping his brother win reelection in a pivotal state with a polarized electorate. Instead, the popular governor finds himself wrestling with the curse of 2000: defending the integrity of the elections system.
—Mary Ellen Klas The Miami Herald, October 26, 2004

U.S. Voters Have Doubts About Nov. 2 Election Process
Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) — U.S. voters are skeptical about the balloting process in the U.S. presidential race and doubt there will be a clear winner the day after the Nov. 2 election, a new poll by the Associated Press shows.
—, October 26, 2004

Republicans Claim Democrats Are Behind Office Attacks (site registration required)
Citing incidents of violence at Bush campaign offices around the country, Republicans are asserting Democratic partisans have deliberately tried to intimidate voters, potentially storing ammunition for future arguments about the fairness of the election.
—David D. Kirkpatrick The New York Times, October 26, 2004

Rise of the Machines (site registration required)
The 2000 election left many voters feeling disenfranchised, frustrated millions more and tarnished the image of American democracy at home and abroad. The United States Supreme Court's decision to intervene (for the first time in history) in a presidential election, ordering Florida election officials to stop counting votes and effectively determining the winner, troubled legal scholars and average citizens alike.
—David Boies The New York Times, October 26, 2004

Counting on Controversy (site registration required)
Presidential elections are not always decided on Election Day. In 1800, the election produced an Electoral College tie, resolved after seven contentious days in the House of Representatives in favor of Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr on the 36th ballot. The 1876 election took several months and the creation of a special commission consisting of members of Congress and Supreme Court justices before Rutherford B. Hayes prevailed over Samuel Tilden by a single vote in the Electoral College.
—Theodore B. Olson The New York Times, October 26, 2004

In N.M., Spotlight Is on Voting Rights (site registration required)
Charges fly as parties dispute registration of Hispanics in state's arid south
ROSWELL, N.M. — On the north end of town, where the Anglos live, people lined up in large numbers Saturday at the Roswell Mall to take advantage of the early voting site there. But down on the south side, in the Hispanic neighborhood, the designated early voting venue was locked up tight—closed for the weekend.
—T. R. Reid The Washington Post, October 25, 2004

Electronic Voting Raises New Issues (site registration required)
Security, recount questions persist as states adopt paperless balloting
Electronic voting systems that were touted as the solution to the paper ballots and hanging chads of the 2000 presidential election have become a new source of controversy as experts debate the reliability of software that operates the new systems, whether local election officials have the technical competence to run them and how there can be a recount on machines that keep no paper record of votes cast on them.
—Dan Keating The Washington Post, October 25, 2004

Suppressing the Overseas Vote
Record numbers of Americans abroad have registered, but bureaucratic snafus may prevent many from actually voting
Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat is pumped. Two weeks ago, sitting in an internet cafe on Munich's Odeonplatz, the software marketer who crafted a hugely successful voter registration website, pulls up numbers that show a remarkable spike in Americans overseas mobilising to defeat George W Bush. Between her site and another out of Hong Kong, Democrats have registered 140,000 new voters, 40% of them from swing states — and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Americans abroad, roused to a boiling fury by a Bush doctrine that has smeared America's good name across the globe, are looking like the "silent swing vote" in several key battleground states. Overseas registration for both parties is up by 400% over 2000; estimates put the tally of possible civilian votes as high as 2 million.
—Alix Christie The Guardian (U.K.), October 25, 2004

Blacks' Votes Will Count, Edwards Vows at Ohio Stops
CINCINNATI — Reaching out to a voting bloc considered key to a Democratic presidential victory, Sen. John Edwards yesterday promised that black Americans would not be denied their right to vote.
—Catherine Candisky The Columbus Dispatch, October 25, 2004

Election Officials Happy Now That Provisional-Ballot Issue Is Put to Bed
Ohio GOP withdraws thousands of challenges to new registrants
Election officials expressed relief yesterday that they have a final court ruling about handling provisional ballots in Ohio, giving them a week before the election to eliminate confusion among poll workers and voters.
—Mark Niquette The Columbus Dispatch, October 25, 2004

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