The Note: A Lifetime in Politics

"Republicans have already filed 35,000 challenges to voters' eligibility and are preparing to send recruits into 8,000 polling places next Tuesday to challenge other voters they suspect are not eligible, particularly hundreds of thousands of the newly registered. Democrats are alarmed at the effort, saying it could tie up voting and keep many away from the polls."

"Ohio's voter-registration rolls contain more than 120,000 duplicate names, and an untold number of ineligible voters, such as people who have moved out of the state. A review of the rolls by the Columbus Dispatch even found a murder victim and two suspected terrorists among the eligible."

"Democrats fear that polling places will be inadequately staffed and equipped to handle the crush of voters on Election Day. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio) said Monday she is concerned that many new voters will not get proper notification from county election boards about where to vote. That is a critical issue in light of a federal appeals court ruling Saturday that voters with provisional ballots — backup ballots for voters whose names do not appear on the rolls — must cast them in their own precinct for the votes to count."

The Los Angeles Times does an excellent job of pulling a lot of string together from key battleground states to provide an overview of the concerns of partisans on both sides that "their opponents are bent on stealing the election." LINK

The New York Times ' David Kirkpatrick reports that Republicans are blaming Democrats for a series of burglaries and other lesser crimes as an attempt to "intimidate voters" and "potentially storing ammunition for future arguments about the fairness of the election." Kirkpatrick also Notes the letter Gov. Marc Racicot sent to AFL-CIO president John Sweeney suggesting that the damages are protests gone wrong. LINK

Former Solicitor General Theodore Olson, who represented George Bush before the Supreme Court in 2000, outlines the potentials for trouble next Tuesday on the New York Times op-ed page, and writes "the best chance for the American electorate is to avoid a postelection repeat of 2000 is to re-elect George W. Bush decisively — or to defeat him overwhelmingly. I, of course, recommend the former." LINK

And David Boies, who represented Gore, offers up a look at the knowns and unknowns, looking at the machinery of voting, and that optical-character recognition machines should be used universally and that their extra cost "is a small price to pay for making democracy more effective at home." LINK

The Washington Post 's editorial board thinks "there is a critical difference between making a maximum effort to ensure a fair and honest playing field and challenging results that have been ascertained." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: ballotwatch:

Iowa's voter registration board split 2-2 on whether to change the rules to accept incompletely filled out voter registration forms.

So no new rule was issued. BUT — the Secretary of State's office tells ABC News that the attorney's general's opinion (which prompted the rule-making session) still has the force of law, in his opinion, so he has advised county auditors to accept ballots without the citizenship checkbox checked. So we are back where we started.

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