ABC News' The Note: First Source for Political News

Emily Pierce of Roll Call looks at deadlines, deadlines. Congress is three weeks away from the due date for passing new spending bills, four weeks from its own self-imposed closing gavel and seven weeks from Nov. 2. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: casting and counting:

USA Today reports that "[turnout] expert Curtis Gans" says that early voting has actually decreased turnout since 1998. LINK

The Seattle Times' Susan Gilmore reports on the new types of ballots that will be used in today's Washington primary. LINK

Dementia in the voting booth!? LINK

The land of 5 + 2 = 7:

Amy Keller and Mark Preston of Roll Call report Reps. Marty Meehan and Christopher Shays will file suit against the FEC today, "claiming that the agency has acted negligently by failing to rein in the independent campaign-related groups known as 527s." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the Senate:

Alan Keyes told donors that he is planning "'inflammatory' comments 'every day, every week' until the election, according to several sources at the session," reports our friend Rick Pearson at the Chicago Tribune. LINK

Former Rep. Bill McCollum (R) "endorsed Republican Senate nominee Mel Martinez on Monday, even though he says he's "'deeply disturbed' by the tenor of their tough primary battle that ended two weeks ago," AP reports. LINK

The Raleigh News & Observer 's Rob Christensen reports on how the health care issue is in the spotlight in the Burr-Bowles Senate race. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Nader-Camejo '04:

Lucy Morgan of the St. Petersburg Times writes that Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood appealed and blocked a court order denying Ralph Nader ballot access in the Sunshine State, blocking an earlier decision by a judge to keep him off and adding him to the ballot as the Reform Party candidate in time for the oversees absentee ballots to be printed and mailed by Saturday. If another court rules that Nader should not be on the ballot, elections officials wouldn't count votes cast for him. LINK

After saddling him with the "spoiler" title and the dubious distinction of waging "the most quixotic presidential campaign since Socialist Eugene V. Debs," the Miami Herald opines Nader is being unfairly shut out of the electoral system in Florida. "Closing the ballot so that only the big boys can play isn't a victory for the American democratic system — it's a defeat." LINK

The Wall Street Journal makes a case that Democrats may be going too far to block their "former ideological soul mate" from getting on battleground ballots by organizing lawyers to challenge him in court and running a media campaign against him. The paper Notes, "In Nevada, Democrats have contested 11,571 of the 11,888 Nader names. This is brass-knuckle politics for sure, but also perfectly legal."

Also, a group of non-profit group of independent voters called the Committee for a Unified Independent Party has filed a complaint that Democrats have gone too far in Oregon, Illinois, Connecticut and West Virginia.

Much to the annoyance of the DNC, Nader is on ballot in Minnesota as well: LINK

The Vermont Green Party has decided by a one-vote margin not to back the national party's ticket of David Cobb and Patricia LaMarche, reports the AP. Instead the group has endorsed Nader for president though they did not technically nominate him as their candidate in November. The Green Party in Utah has also broken with the national organization LINK

Ralph Nader campaigned in Michigan and Ohio yesterday. LINK

"What is your breaking point as a liberal Democrat?" Nader students at Michigan State University Yesterday according to the Lansing State Journal. "If you give them a free ride, you will be on a bandwagon going downhill." LINK

Politics:

George Tenet could receive as much as a $1 million advance for his book that he is currently peddling to New York publishers according to the New York Post . LINK

A Harvard study finds that colleges and universities are not all that helpful (and perhaps not fully in compliance with the law) when it comes to registering young people to vote. LINK

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