Election 2006: Get Ready for “Major” Voting Problems

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Must-read article on voting snafus from the Washington Post, in case you missed it this weekend.

An overhaul in how states and localities record votes and administer elections since the Florida recount battle six years ago has created conditions that could trigger a repeat — this time on a national scale — of last week’s Election Day debacle in the Maryland suburbs, election experts said. …

“We could see that control of Congress is going to be decided by races in recount situations that might not be determined for several weeks,” said Paul S. DeGregorio, chairman of the federal Election Assistance Commission, although he added that he does not expect problems of this magnitude. …

What is clear is that a national effort to improve election procedures six years ago — after the presidential election ended with ambiguous ballots and allegations of miscounted votes and partisan favoritism in Florida — has failed to restore broad public confidence that the system is fair.

Read on.

P.S.: Don’t miss Sasha Abramsky’s investigation of the 11 worst places to vote in the U.S., in the current Mother Jones.

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