Voter's Digest

The latest election fraud warnings

Big G.O.P. Bid to Challenge Voters at Polls in Key State (site registration required)
Republican Party officials in Ohio took formal steps yesterday to place thousands of recruits inside polling places on Election Day to challenge the qualifications of voters they suspect are not eligible to cast ballots.
—Michael Moss The New York Times, October 23, 2004

Voting and Counting (site registration required)
If the election were held today and the votes were counted fairly, Senator John Kerry would probably win. But the votes won't be counted fairly, and the disenfranchisement of minority voters may determine the outcome.
—Paul Krugman The New York Times, October 22, 2004

Key States' Ballot Officials Feel Glare of Critical Eyes (site registration required)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In this humid Southern capital, Florida Secretary of State Glenda E. Hood is feeling the political heat. Lawsuits allege she has disenfranchised poor and minority voters. Critics claim that she's creating a partisan atmosphere.
—John M. Glionna Los Angeles Times, October 22, 2004

GOP Accuses Democrats of Violating Campaign Law in Fla. (site registration required)
Republicans charged yesterday that the Kerry campaign, the Democratic Party, labor unions and other groups have organized a get-out-the-vote operation in Florida that violates federal campaign finance law.
—Thomas B. Edsall The Washington Post, October 22, 2004

Florida Forms Task Force to Combat Voter Fraud (site registration required)
TALLAHASSEE — With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced that it was launching a statewide investigation into widespread allegations of voter fraud. FDLE officials said Thursday that the investigation was aimed primarily at looking into incidents where voter registration signatures and information were forged, whether party affiliations were changed without consent, and whether false information was used to obtain absentee ballots.
—Gary Fineout The Miami Herald, October 22, 2004

Election Chief Warns of Absentee Scam
Pasco elections officials have a warning for the county's absentee voters: Don't give your ballot to a stranger claiming to be from the elections office.
—Stephen Hegarty St. Petersberg Times, October 22, 2004

Voters Report Fake Calls: Instructions to Change Polling Place Don't Come From Board of Elections
The caller interrupting a North Side couple's dinner earlier this week said he was from the Franklin County Board of Elections. He told the elderly woman that her voting site had changed and that on Nov. 2 she and her husband should cast their ballots at a South Side precinct. The caller even left the phone number of the board.
—Suzanne Hoholik The Columbus Dispatch, October 22, 2004

Davidson Sets Rules for Poll Monitoring
Colorado Secretary of State Donetta Davidson laid down the law for poll watchers Thursday, saying she may not let them use cell phones, she'll enforce secrecy, and if more than one shows up per precinct, she'll show them the door. Poll watchers are those people—most often lawyers—at ground zero for each political party on Election Day, calling in problems, turnout and results. They have become an integral part of the process since the voting debacle in Florida in 2000.
—Peggy Lowe The Rocky Mountain News, October 22, 2004

Privacy Prompts Voter Suit
Serial numbers on ballots worry Boulder County residents
When elections get close, voters get nervous. In Boulder County, a group of citizens worried about privacy filed suit Thursday to protest the planned use of individually numbered paper ballots.
—David Ollinger The Denver Post, October 22, 2004

Dope-y Voter Trickery Transfers (site registration required)
The saga of Pennsylvania college students who thought they were signing a petition to legalize medical marijuana but were instead duped into changing their voter registration to Republican is getting weirder and weirder.
—William Bunch The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 22, 2004

Nader Asks Court to Restore Him to Ballot
WASHINGTON — Ralph Nader asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to place him on the general election ballot in Pennsylvania, a battleground state expected to be key in the outcome of the Nov. 2 presidential election. In a sign the high court planned to move swiftly, Justice David Souter immediately requested that Pennsylvania officials file a response to Nader's emergency request by 2:30 p.m. today.
—Associated Press, as reported in The Charlotte Observer, October 22, 2004

Defense Dept. Is Adding a Step to Assist U.S. Voters Overseas (site registration required)
Bowing to pressure from both political parties, the Pentagon says it will post on its Web site a federal write-in ballot that civilian and military voters alike can use overseas if their regular ballots fail to arrive in time.
—Michael Moss The New York Times, October 21, 2004

Elections Business Holds Down Diebold Results (site registration required)
NORTH CANTON, Ohio, Oct. 20 (AP) — Sagging performance and mounting legal costs in its electronic voting segment kept third-quarter earnings nearly flat at Diebold Inc., the company said Wednesday.
—Associated Press, as reported in The New York Times, October 21, 2004

Mail-In Votes Count, If John Hancock Says So
Even as new glitches pop up, Oregon's ballot system relies on a time-tested safeguard to prevent fraud: the voter's signature. Holly Winter, a Willamette University freshman voting in her first election, received three ballots in the mail this week, all identically addressed to her
—Harry Esteve The Oregonian, October 21, 2004

Electoral 'Fixes' (site registration required)
With another close presidential contest in store, that hardy if indecipherable oddity of American politics, the electoral college, is back in the news. My esteemed colleague William Raspberry has lent his powerful voice to those who for decades have railed against the injustice of the unit rule, which gives all of a state's electoral votes to the candidate who wins a plurality from its voters.
—David S. Broder The Washington Post, October 21, 2004

Exit Polls to Protect the Vote (site registration required)
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