By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
Touch-Screen Danger: Slow Voting, Long Lines (site registration required)
Early-voting patterns suggest that the time it takes voters to cast ballots on touch-screen machines will be critical to a smooth Election Day.
If voters on Election Day spend the same amount of time casting ballots as some early voters have, South Florida polling places could be overwhelmed Nov. 2 with long lines that drag into the night, frustrated voters and delays in reporting election returns. The Herald spent two days in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties observing more than 400 voters at several early-voting sites.
Joe Mozingo The Miami Herald, October 25, 2004
Legal Eagle Eyes Watch the Polls (site registration required)
Lawyers of all stripes have descended upon Florida. Some are looking for trouble. Others are looking for votes.
Four years ago, Suzanne Hollander was in law school. She can't remember whether she voted in the presidential election. This time around, her life revolves around little else. As a member of the Democrat-leaning "Election Protection" squad, the Miami corporate lawyer has joined thousands of juris doctorates from all political persuasions who have descended on the state, ready to argue and file legal motions to ensure the rights of votersat least those who favor their candidates.
Sara Olkon The Miami Herald, October 25, 2004
Training Varies for Election Judges
The estimated 16,000 Coloradans training as election judges are learning to run polling places in ways that vary dramatically between counties. Disparities could lead to confusion on Election Day and trigger lawsuits challenging the results of tight races.
Susan Greene The Denver Post, October 24, 2004
Blackwell's Provisional Ballot Rules Reinstated
Appeals court agrees that votes must be cast in correct precinct
CINCINNATI A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that any provisional ballots Ohio voters cast outside their own precincts should not be counted, throwing out a lower-court decision that said such ballots are valid as long as they are cast in the correct county.
Associated Press, as reported in The Columbus Dispatch, October 24, 2004
What Congress Should Do (site registration required)
In Florida, voter registrations are being thrown out on pointless technicalities. Missouri is telling soldiers to send nonsecret ballots by e-mail through a Pentagon contractor with a troubling past. Nationwide, eligible voters are being removed from the rolls by flawed felon purges. And nearly a third of this year's votes will be cast on highly questionable electronic voting machines. No wonder a large percentage of Americans doubt that their votes will count. The election system is crying out for reform.
The New York Times, October 24, 2004
Voters Found on Both N.C., S.C. Rolls (site registration required)
Miscount, fraud possible as election officials not cross-checking lists
As many as 60,000 voters may be registered to cast ballots in both Carolinasand officials aren't checking. That's one of the flaws discovered by aCharlotte Observer/WCNC 6News investigation of voter registration records in both states that could lead to miscounting or even voter fraud.
Scott Dodd & Ted Mellnik The Charlotte Observer, October 24, 2004
Ballot Counting May Be Delayed
Provisional votes may take a month
Anticipating large numbers of "provisional ballots" that cannot be counted Nov. 2, Washington County's elections director said he feared there might be a month's delay in determining the winner of the presidential race or other close contests in Pennsylvania.
Joe Smydo The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 24, 2004
America VotesAnalysis: A Margin of Victory? Try Instead a Margin of Litigation (site registration required)
Don't necessarily assume that we will all bid farewell to the bitter presidential election on the first Tuesday in November. On the contrary, we may well be careening toward another protracted denouementand a fresh round of hard questions about the credibility of the American voting system.
Dick Polman The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 24, 2004
Supreme Court Won't Put Nader on Pennsylvania Ballot (site registration required)
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (AP) The Supreme Court refused on Saturday to place the independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader on the ballot in Pennsylvania, upholding a state court's finding of flawed signatures on voter petition sheets.
Associated Press, as reported in The New York Times, October 24, 2004
Shortage of Poll Workers Is Cited (site registration required)
Widespread errors likely without help, election officials say
Forget about glitchy electronic voting machines. Never mind confusing ballot designs and hanging chads. The biggest problem in next month's election could turn out to be a shortage of well-trained poll workers that leads to widespread mistakes at polling booths, according to federal election officials.
Jo Becker The Washington Post, October 23, 2004
GOP Challenges Voters
Party questions validity of thousands in Ohio
In yet another sign of how fiercely Ohio will be contested in the Nov. 2 presidential election, Republicans challenged 35,427 newly registered voters yesterday. And both parties named thousands of people to be challengers at the polls.
Mark Niquette The Columbus Dispatch, October 23, 2004
Court Should Respect Ohio's Policy on Ballots, Justice Department Says
Ohio has the right to decide whether provisional ballots should be counted if they are cast in the wrong precinct, the U.S. Justice Department said in legal arguments filed yesterday.
Mark Niquette The Columbus Dispatch, October 23, 2004
'Too Late to Register' Signs Being Replaced, Clarified (site registration required)
State officials moved Friday to replace notices at more than 200 driver's license examining stations and vehicle tab agencies throughout Minnesota that they said could discourage people from voting.
Conrad Defiebre Star Tribune, October 23, 2004