The Note: It's Not Whether You Win or Lose, It's How You Play the Game

From ABC News' Marc Ambinder: The Florida Democratic Party lawsuit challenging Sec. of State Glenda Hood's emergency rule on touch screen machines was basically kicked up to the Supreme Court of Florida. The GOP held a press conference in South Florida to decry what they described as Democratic intimidation of GOP voters at early voting sites and to provide information about felons who remain on the voter rolls. Broward County's supervisor of elections began to send out replacement absentee ballots for an estimated 60,000 voters who didn't get theirs in the mail. (There was a brief kerfluffle about whether she'd Fedex the ballots... she agreed late in the day that she would.) Today, a coalition of union and liberal activist groups will call on Secretary of State Hood to warn both parties against voter fraud. And Supervisors of Elections will begin to canvass the absentee ballots.

More on the GOP's felon list: LINK

It may really have been the post office's responsibility for not delivering those absentee ballots. LINK

The New York Times' Abby Goodnough profiles Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood. LINK

Tallahassee has a post-election security and traffic plan in place for Ben Ginsberg's motorcades. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: ballotwatch: Ohio:

From ABC News' Adi Raval: Democratic officials said they are concerned worried about the presence of Republican challengers at polls but do note that Ohio Secretary of State Blackwell made clear in a recent directive that if challengers are seen to "slow down" the voting process, such a person could be removed by the precinct's presiding judge. "Challengers may not interfere with the voting process or unnecessarily delay it. For example, if a challenger challenges so many voters that his or her activities slow down the voting process or intimidate voters, then the presiding judge should take immediate action including expelling him or her from the polling place." Whether that precinct's presiding judge is a Democrat or a Republican depends on how that area voted in the 2002 gubernatorial elections.

Some reports indicate that the number of Democratic lawyers monitoring precincts stands close to 2,300 but officials at the headquarters place that number closer to 2,500.

One key point about Election Day challenging focuses on the rights of voters. Even if challenged, voters can still vote but do have to sign affidavits with the point of matter then being addressed in the following ten days.

Given that close to 70% of the state's counties will operate punch card ballot systems for the elections, Democrats recently purchased 611 of these devices and plan to place them outside key precincts with the goal of teaching prospective voters how to use the systems just before they enter into the polling location, according to officials at the campaign.

The New York Times' James Dao and Ford Fessenden look at the confusing state of Ohio's court battles, with state Attorney General Jim Petro on Thursday appealing an order by a federal judge temporarily blocking hearings on voter registration challenges in six counties. LINK

After learning the Constitution bars him from serving as an elector, Democratic Rep. Sherrod Brown has stepped down from that role and will be replaced so that if John Kerry wins Ohio he'll be able to acquire all 20 of the state's electoral votes. But what about Rep. Kendrick Meek in Florida? LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: ballotwatch: Minnesota:

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