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Thursday  9/30/2004

Are the Democrats Buying Votes? For-profit canvassing: the DNC's secret weapon.  9/30/2004 Slate: "But appearances can be deceiving. The organization behind these fund-raisers is Grassroots Campaigns Inc., a for-profit company that counts the Democratic National Committee as one of its flagship clients. It's a safe bet that few pedestrians talked into donating $149—"the price of a bus ticket from Washington, D.C., to Crawford, Texas"—realize that once these canvassers beat their daily quota, they keep up to 30 percent of the take."

Wednesday  9/29/2004

Something rotten in the state of Florida  9/29/2004 Independent: "The mess that is Florida nevertheless came as a profound shock to a group of international election monitors who toured the state last week. Dr Brigalia Bam, who chairs South Africa's Independent Electoral Commission, was stunned by the patchwork of jurisdictions, rules and anomalies. "Absolutely everything is a violation," she said. "All these different systems in different counties with no accountability... It's like the poorest village in Africa." November could be another agonisingly long month in American politics."

The Bush-Florida-Cuba connection  9/29/2004 Online Journal: originally published 12/27/00, remains topical.

Florida's Provisional Ballot Law Draws Lawsuit  9/29/2004 Pacific News 

Florida voters fearing déjà vu  9/29/2004 Toronto Star: "Police in Jacksonville set up roadblocks in predominantly African-American districts on a primary voting day in August. Was it really to search for lapsed drivers' licences and vehicle registrations, or was it something more sinister? Did they really not know, as they said, that it was voting day?"

Program Seeks Auditable Electronic Voting  9/29/2004 Verified Voting 

Tuesday  9/28/2004

With Fears of a Repeat, International Poll Watchers Will Be Dispatched Nationwide  9/28/2004 BET: "A recent report by the People for the American Way and the NAACP, notes other examples of suppression in Louisiana and other states. In 2002, the Republican Party admitted paying Black youths $75 to stand on street corners with signs discouraging Blacks from voting, and flyers were distributed in African American communities telling voters they could vote on Tuesday, Dec. 10, three days after the Senate runoff election was held. In South Dakota, American Indians were turned away during a recent special election because they did not have photo-IDs. “A lot is at stake in this election, and we do not want a repeat of four years ago, when thousands of people in Florida, and millions of people around the country, were denied their rights to vote,” said U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), who spearheaded an effort in Congress to get the United Nations to deploy observers across the country to "ensure free and fair elections." Former President Jimmy Carter, speaking in a Washington Post editorial Monday, said that "some basic international requirements for a fair election are missing in Florida," including uniformed procedures for all citizens. He noted that in 2000, the votes of thousands of African Americans were thrown out on technicalities, and cited recent attempts “to disqualify 22,000 African Americans (likely Democrats), but only 61 Hispanics (likely Republicans) as alleged felons.” "The disturbing fact is that a repetition of the problems of 2000 now seems likely," he said. The election monitoring group, Votewatch2004, calculates that up to 6 million voters nationwide were disenfranchised in 2000 because of faulty machines, intimidation, confusing information, partisan efforts, confusing ballots, legal barriers, registration mix-ups, and absentee-ballot problems. The PFAW/NAACP study , "The Long Shadow of Jim Crow: Voter Intimidation and Suppression in America Today," notes that while repression efforts are not limited to a single party, Republican efforts predominate, and the tactics have become "more subtle and subterranean." "

Wednesday  9/22/2004

Dispatches from the Motherland: Fair Deal? Africans to Monitor U.S. Elections  9/22/2004 Black America Web: "Officials from four African nations joined observers from 24 other countries in Washington, D.C. late last week to begin the unprecedented monitoring of an American presidential election. South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission chairman, Brigalia Bam, and the IEC’s Chief Electoral Officer, Advocate Pansy Tlakula, are part of the African contingent of an observer team drawn from countries in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa."

Tuesday  9/21/2004

The Pentagon doesn't want you to vote overseas  9/21/2004 Salon: "A Web site maintained by the Department of Defense is blocking access to non-military Americans. Could it be worried that expatriates are leaning toward Kerry?"

Monday  9/20/2004

US to Get a Taste of Its Own Medicine in November Elections  9/20/2004 Anti War: "A team of 20 independent democracy experts from 15 countries and five continents has arrived in the United States in order to observe this year's presidential election campaign. The election monitors, who have been brought here by the San Francisco activist group Global Exchange, will be fanning out in the coming days initially to research how the election preparations are being conducted in five states. They will then return just before the actual polling Nov. 2."

Pentagon blocks site for voters outside U.S.  9/20/2004 IHT: " In a decision that could affect Americans abroad who are not yet registered to vote in the Nov. 2 presidential election, the Pentagon has begun restricting international access to the official Web site intended to help overseas absentee voters cast ballots. . According to overseas-voter advocates who have been monitoring the situation, Internet service providers in at least 25 countries - including Yahoo Broadband in Japan, Wanadoo in France, BT Yahoo Broadband in Britain and Telefónica in Spain - have been denied access to the site of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, apparently to protect it from hackers."

Saturday  9/18/2004

DOJ investigating charges of intimidation of black voters in Florida  9/18/2004 AP: scroll down

Tuesday  9/14/2004

Poll Position  9/14/2004 New Yorker: "Is the Justice Department poised to stop voter fraud—or to keep voters from voting?"

Black Media Warns Of Sequel to 2000 Florida Fiasco  9/14/2004 Pacific News: "Due to the efforts of Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Berkeley) and 12 other members of Congress, the Bush administration has heeded to the pleas for an outside, nonpartisan observer in Florida."

Monday  9/13/2004

Absentee Votes Worry Officials as Nov. 2 Nears  9/13/2004 NYT 


Sunday  9/12/2004

Kerry Hints GOP May Suppress Black Votes  9/12/2004 AP: "We are not going to stand by and allow acts of voter suppression, and we're hearing those things again in this election." Kerry has a team of lawyers to examine possible voting problems to try to prevent a repeat of the 2000 election disputes. He also has said he has thousands of lawyers around the country prepared to monitor the polls on election day. "What they did in Florida in 2000, some say they may be planning to do this year in battleground states all across this country," Kerry said. "Well, we are here to let them know that we will fight tooth and nail to make sure that this time, every vote is counted and every vote counts." "

Tuesday  9/7/2004

Calif. to Sue Diebold Over False Claims  9/7/2004 Reuters 

Thursday  9/2/2004

More Blacks locked up, denied vote in key election states  9/2/2004 SF Bay View 

Sunday  8/29/2004

Votergate  8/29/2004 Planetwork: "The filmmakers have already successfully produced a piece on this subject for BBC television and are now seeking funding to continue to take advantage of unique opportunities to document the unfolding story and produce a full length TV documentary and DVD in time to affect the November 2004 election. This work brings together all of the key players who have been working on touch screen voting and election fraud. It has a unique potential to galvanize public opinion and action on the issue before the election."

Friday  8/27/2004

Voting groups step up assistance programs  8/27/2004 NNPA: " If nothing else, the fiasco of the 2000 presidential election alerted activists and legal experts that they must take a different and more comprehensive approach this year to make sure the Black vote is cast and counted. “The good news is that as a result of 2000, we have learned that we must do things differently this year to protect voters’ rights,” says Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law. “If they try to intimidate African-American voters, if they try to run the illegal suppression scheme, we’re going to be there to catch them. If they try to challenge Black folk without any basis, we’re going to have them thrown in jail if we can. And if we can’t get them thrown in jail, we’re going to have them thrown out of the polls.” "

The long shadow of Jim Crow - Voter intimidation and suppression in America today, Part 1  8/27/2004 SF Bay View: "In 2003 in Philadelphia, voters in African American areas were systematically challenged by men carrying clipboards, driving a fleet of some 300 sedans with magnetic signs designed to look like law enforcement insignia… As this report details, voter intimidation and suppression is not a problem limited to the southern United States. It takes place from California to New York, Texas to Illinois. It is not the province of a single political party, although patterns of intimidation have changed as the party allegiances of African Americans have changed over the years. It has served to create doubt about the equality of our democracy, and cynicism at home and abroad. This report includes incidents of voter intimidation and suppression from our most recent elections and reviews the historical roots of those efforts in the days following emancipation, through Reconstruction and the “Second Reconstruction,” the years immediately following the passage of the Voting Rights Act."

Thursday  8/26/2004

The Voting Machine Jackpot  8/26/2004 Alternet 

Civil Rights Coalition To Monitor Voting In Duval, 4 Other Counties  8/26/2004 News4 JAX: "Election Protection, a group that includes People For The American Way, the NAACP and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said they will use volunteer poll monitors and on-call attorneys in Duval, Broward, Miami-Dade, Orange and Leon counties to "ensure a fair and honest election." The group has set up a hotline -- (866) OUR-VOTE -- where volunteer lawyers and law students trained on Florida election law will be available to answer questions. Voters or poll worker noticing irregularities are also encouraged to call the hotline with information."

Tuesday  8/24/2004

Hoodwinked - Why is Florida's voting system so corrupt?  8/24/2004 Slate: by Ann Louise Bardach, a well informed journalist - "Hood and Jeb Bush have strongly endorsed the state's Republican-controlled legislature's new rule that outlaws manual recounts. This means that if any of the new optical-scan or touch-screen machines fail—as they did in the 2002 elections; and the recent March primaries; and just last week, when a backup system failed in a test run in Miami-Dade—there will be no recourse for counting votes. A coalition of election-reform groups has challenged this rule, and Rep. Robert Wexler of Palm Beach sued in federal court after a state appeals court dismissed the matter, ruling that while the right to vote is guaranteed, a perfect voting system is not. Unlike the recent elections in Venezuela, where the new touch-screen voting machine provided every voter with a receipt, Floridians will have to take the word of Hood and Bush that their vote was counted."

Friday  8/20/2004

Venezuela audit 'confirms' result  8/20/2004 BBC: "The audit is being carried out by the official electoral authority - the Venezuelan National Electoral Council - and international observers from the Carter Center and the Organization of American States (OAS). They were due to visit 150 polling sites, checking the results produced by voting machines against paper records, in the presence of government and opposition representatives."

Thursday  8/19/2004

Voting Machines We Can Trust Why We Need "Free Software" Voting Machines  8/19/2004 Counterpunch 

Progressives Split Over Electronic Voting Machines Disabled activists say machines are only chance for secret ballot  8/19/2004 New Standard 

Smartmatic Mugica: Fraud cannot be committed with our vote technology  8/19/2004 Vheadlines 

Monday  8/16/2004

Jim Crow is Alive and Well  8/16/2004 Alternet: "With widespread predictions of a close national election, and an unprecedented wave of new voter registrations, unscrupulous political operatives will look for any advantage, including suppression and intimidation. As in the past, minority voters will be the most likely targets of dirty tricks at the polls."

Suppress the Vote?  8/16/2004 NYT: "State police officers have gone into the homes of elderly black voters in Orlando and interrogated them as part of an odd "investigation" that has frightened many voters, intimidated elderly volunteers and thrown a chill over efforts to get out the black vote in November. The officers, from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which reports to Gov. Jeb Bush, say they are investigating allegations of voter fraud that came up during the Orlando mayoral election in March. Officials refused to discuss details of the investigation, other than to say that absentee ballots are involved. They said they had no idea when the investigation might end, and acknowledged that it may continue right through the presidential election."

Wednesday  8/11/2004

Will Venezuela get the Florida treatment?  8/11/2004 Working For Change 

Friday  8/6/2004

European team due to observe election  8/6/2004 Miami Herald: "The State Department has invited an international team to observe the presidential election in November, prompting a group of liberal Democrats in Congress to claim partial victory in what last month grew into a nasty partisan battle. The notion of calling in international election observers, usually reserved for fledgling democracies and Third-World hot spots, drew harsh debate last month in Congress, after 13 House Democrats wrote to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and also asked the State Department to request U.N. monitors."

Wednesday  8/4/2004

Foreign Media In Jacksonville Covering Elections  8/4/2004 First Coast News: "Representative Corinne Brown was scheduled to confront the Supervisor of Elections Office Tuesday afternoon, but, when she showed up the British network tagging along with her received more attention... "The discussion of how the vote may not be fixed in Florida as last time, whether the President's brother is playing games with the voting. That's a much bigger discussion in Europe, in Brazil, in Latin America, in Asia."

Sunday  8/1/2004

Florida knew of voter list problems  8/1/2004 Miami Herald: "Well before they abruptly discarded it, Florida election officials knew they had significant problems with a database of felons they planned to use in removing voters from the rolls. Just a week before they directed local election chiefs to begin purging ineligible voters from the list of 48,000 convicted felons, state officials documented two years of failures and breakdowns with the $2.7 million contract with database vendor Accenture."

Friday  7/30/2004

THE GREAT FLORIDA EX-CON GAME How the 'felon' voter-purge was itself felonious  7/30/2004 Greg Palast 

Thursday  7/29/2004

Making Sure the Votes Count  7/29/2004 Black Enterprise 

Florida GOP Playing Games with Voting Machines  7/29/2004 People for the American Way: "With new doubts about the reliability and accountability of electronic voting machines and daily revelations of continuing chaos in the Florida elections process -- including a Republican Party mailing questioning the ability to recount votes cast by electronic voting machines -- People For the American Way Foundation is calling for the immediate establishment of voter-verifiable audit trails in Florida to ensure that every vote will count, and can be recounted if necessary."

GOP flier questions new voting equipment  7/29/2004 St Petersburg Times: "As Gov. Bush defends touch screen machines, his party urges using absentee ballots to "Make sure your vote counts." "

How They Could Steal the Election This Time  7/29/2004 The Nation 

Wednesday  7/28/2004

Naturalization Ceremony Closely Watched  7/28/2004 First Coast News: "The move comes in response to the June 29th naturalization ceremony at the University, where dozens of new citizens were given voter registration forms already marked "Republican" for party affiliation."


Dean, Dems sound off on e-voting security  7/28/2004 IDG 

Where's the Paper Trail for Each Ballot Cast? .....A Web Site Dedicated to Verifiable Election Results.....  7/28/2004 

Tuesday  7/27/2004

Getting Every Vote Counted  7/27/2004 LA Times: "It was the typical round of National Convention parties, except the reigning celebrities on this particular evening were not Hollywood stars. They were the elderly members of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom delegation, among the 63 black delegates who traveled to the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, N.J., demanding to be seated — just like the official all-white delegation."

Fear of Fraud  7/27/2004 NYT: "Let's not be coy. Jeb Bush says he won't allow an independent examination of voting machines because he has "every confidence" in his handpicked election officials. Yet those officials have a history of slipshod performance on other matters related to voting and somehow their errors always end up favoring Republicans. Why should anyone trust their verdict on the integrity of voting machines, when another convenient mistake could deliver a Republican victory in a high-stakes national election?"

Friday  7/23/2004

House resolution opposes postponement of election  7/23/2004 AP 

Wednesday  7/21/2004

Democrats blast GOP lawmaker's 'suppress the Detroit vote' remark  7/21/2004 Detroit Free Press: "Pappageorge, 73, was quoted in July 16 editions of the Detroit Free Press as saying, "If we do not suppress the Detroit vote, we're going to have a tough time in this election." "I'm extremely disappointed in my colleague," state Sen. Buzz Thomas, D-Detroit, told reporters Wednesday during a conference call. "That's quite clearly code that they don't want black people to vote in this election." "

Tuesday  7/20/2004

The Rise Of The Machines  7/20/2004 Village Voice: "But as concern with the security of the upcoming election grows, the window in which changes can be made is slamming shut. Aides to several members of Congress admitted that legislation that would require the electronic machines to produce a paper audit trail will probably go nowhere during the current session. This means that a security regimen will be a voluntary, unfunded project, undertaken by state election officials rather than mandated by the federal government."

Monday  7/19/2004

Elections in Jeb Bush’s Florida  7/19/2004 Granma: "After analyzing the list - finally obtained after an intense struggle by the American Civil Liberties Union - The Florida media has revealed that Hispanics, including Cuban-Americans who traditionally vote Republican, are virtually absent from the document that contained the names of more than 20,000 African Americans. Only 61 Hispanic names appear on a list of nearly 47,763 names, while citizens of Hispanic origin represent 17% of the state’s population… But it was not known at the time what the Orlando Sentinel was to reveal in the following days: the fraudulent list has cost the state of Florida “a minimum of $1.8 million”... which was paid to a firm called Accenture, a private company whose owners are “closely associated with the Republican Party.” Another $125,000 was later paid to a law firm of Republican lawyers for hampering lawsuits by civil rights groups. “Jeb Bush wasted millions of dollars in taxpayers’ money in an attempt to purge voters,” said Scott Maddox, president of the Democratic Party in Florida. “He spent millions with Accenture and hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawyers to defend an indefensible position,” Maddox asserted. He then added something that was very surprising coming from the mouth of a U.S. politician: “If the public only knew that a politician who is supposedly conservative when it comes to taxes has spent millions to try to manipulate the electoral process, a general protest would ensue.” "

Friday  7/16/2004

Fla. Lawmaker Says 2000 Election 'Stolen'  7/16/2004 AP: "At that point, Buyer demanded that Brown's words be "taken down," or removed the debate's permanent record. The House's presiding officer, Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ruled that Brown's words violated a House rule. "Members should not accuse other members of committing a crime such as, quote, stealing, end quote, an election," Thornberry said. When Brown objected to his ruling, the Republican-run House voted 219-187 along party lines to strike her words."

Voters' rights group accuses Florida investigators of intimidating black voters  7/16/2004 AP: "State investigators looking into possible ballot fraud in the city's disputed mayoral race have been accused of intimidating elderly black voters. Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents revealed their sidearms while contacting people whose absentee ballots are under question, Voter Protection Coalition spokeswoman Alma Gonzalez said Friday. "You can't do that to old black people who fought hard for the right to vote and, in fact, have seen law enforcement utilized in this kind of intimidating and harassing way through the civil rights movement," Gonzalez said."

Thursday  7/15/2004

Fla. lawmaker says 2000 election 'stolen'  7/15/2004 AP: "Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., and several other House Democrats have made that suggestion. They argue that some black voters were disenfranchised in 2000 and problems could occur again this fall… I come from Florida, where you and others participated in what I call the United States coup d'etat. We need to make sure it doesn't happen again," Brown said. "Over and over again after the election when you stole the election, you came back here and said, 'Get over it.' No, we're not going to get over it. And we want verification from the world.""

Streaming Video of Rep Corrine Brown on the US Coup d'Etat and her punishment  7/15/2004 First Coast News 

Florida Faces Vote Chaos in 2004, Commission Hears  7/15/2004 Reuters: "Florida faces another debacle in the upcoming presidential election on Nov. 2, with the possibility that thousands of people will be unjustly denied the right to vote, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights heard on Thursday… "It does seems to me there is a smoking gun here," said commissioner Christopher Edley. "There has been extraordinary negligence in the way the felon purging process has been conducted. ... If it was intentional, this could be a violation of the federal Civil Rights Act." "

Court: State must help felons restore rights  7/15/2004 Tallahassee Democrat: "The state Department of Corrections must provide felons leaving prison with an application to have their civil rights restored and help them fill it out, the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday."

Monday  7/12/2004

Terrorism Threatens the Ballot Box  7/12/2004 Alternet: ""I don't think there's an argument that can be made, for the first time in our history, to delay an election," said Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, a member of the Intelligence Committee. "We hold elections in the middle of war, in the middle of earthquakes, in the middle of whatever it takes. The election is a statutory election. It should go ahead, on schedule, and we should not change it." "

Florida Abandons Purge of Felons from Voting Rolls  7/12/2004 Black America Web: "The news organizations found that while Hispanics make up nearly 17 percent of Florida’s population – and presumably a sizable number of its prison population – only 61 of them were on the state’s purge list. The list contained the names of more than 22,000 blacks. In the 2000 presidential election, Hispanics in Florida voted heavily for George W. Bush and blacks voted overwhelmingly for Al Gore. The state’s governor, Jeb Bush, is president Bush’s younger brother."

Officials discuss how to delay Election Day  7/12/2004 CNN: "U.S. officials have discussed the idea of postponing Election Day in the event of a terrorist attack on or about that day, a Homeland Security Department spokesman said Sunday."

Sunday  7/11/2004

U.N. won't monitor U.S. votes - Lawmakers, including Rep. Barbara Lee, requested oversight of election  7/11/2004 Oakland Tribune: "United Nations elections observers take to the war-torn and disenfranchised corners of the world, from Kosovo to Burundi and Rwanda to East Timor. In Mexico City recently, they taught elections to Iraqis. Thirteen U.S. House Democrats, led by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson and including Oakland's Rep. Barbara Lee, say it's time the United States joined the list, "given the troubling events of the 2000 election and the growing concerns about the lack of necessary reforms and potential for abuse in the 2004 election." "

Saturday  7/10/2004

Voting Rights Restoration  7/10/2004 CFPA: "The United States is the only democracy in the world that disfranchises offenders who have completed their sentences. In fact, many countries, including France, South Africa, Japan, Peru and Israel, allow incarcerated felons to vote. Germany mandates that corrections officials encourage prisoners to vote. Two states, Maine and Vermont, never strip away voting rights from their citizens—prisoners are eligible to vote."

Reenfranchisement  7/10/2004 NAACP: "America's penal system is built on the premise that offenders can repay their debt to society and return as fully rehabilitated individuals. But an estimated 3.9 million Americans, or one in 50 adults, have permanently or currently lost the ability to vote because of a felony conviction. Permanent disenfranchisement fundamentally negates the principle of rehabilitation. Rehabilitated individuals enjoy the restoration of every right-except voting. Because voting is integral to being a productive member of society America should be encouraging rehabilitated felons to vote, not prohibiting them."

Friday  7/9/2004

'Mess in Florida' - Thousands of voters, mostly black, could be barred  7/9/2004 BET 

Lawmakers ask U.N. to monitor elections Florida's contested vote prompts call for oversight in U.S  7/9/2004 SF Chronicle 

Wednesday  7/7/2004

Study Says State Felon Voting Bans Deliberately Anti-Black  7/7/2004 BET: "Jim Crow-like voter disfranchisement laws established to thwart the “menace of Negro domination” during Reconstruction are still in place in states with large African American electorates, a new study says. The report cites Florida, Georgia, Texas, Virginia and Kentucky among the states where recent close elections for the U.S. Senate (and the 2000 presidential race) went to Republican candidates, in part because of restrictive felon disenfranchisement laws that deny former felons, probationers and parolees the right to vote."

Grand Theft America  7/7/2004 Eric Blumrich 

They're at it again!  7/7/2004 Eric Blumrich 

NAACP calls on Ashcroft to stop Florida voter purge  7/7/2004 SF Bay View: "NAACP President Kweisi Mfume announced Friday he will ask U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft to order the state of Florida to stop the purging of Florida voters until the process being used to remove convicted felons from the voting rolls has been corrected. “I am calling on Ashcroft to immediately order the state of Florida to cease and desist from all activities around the purging of voters from existing voting lists until glaring inaccuracies are corrected,” he said."

Tuesday  7/6/2004

Thousands of eligible voters are on felon list  7/6/2004 Miami Herald: "More than 2,100 Florida voters -- many of them black Democrats -- could be wrongly barred from voting in November because Tallahassee elections officials included them on a list of felons potentially ineligible to vote, a Herald investigation has found."

The Potential Felon Match List of the Florida Division Of Elections: Check It For Yourself!  7/6/2004 People for the American Way: "Want to find out if you are on this list? Click on the first letter of your last name below. Search the document that opens in the new window for your name; it will list all names with that letter and the county in which the state claims each is registered to vote."

Monday  7/5/2004

A Report from Field: ''Helpful'' Folks in Florida  7/5/2004 Black Box Voting: "The election bastard - as part of "getting it ready" bypassed all the primary stuff before he let her have access to the screen! They had a big screaming match, he kept yelling to push the button! You have to push the red button now! My mom was yelling at him, saying she wasn't going to push it, not til she got ALL her votes in, and he had no business looking at her screen to begin with; it's supposed to be a SECRET ballot! She finally figured out how to jump backwards so she could get that part of her vote registered. But it took her a while - and she's an ex-manager at IBM."

Friday  7/2/2004

US lawmakers request UN observers for November 2 presidential election  7/2/2004 AFP: "Recalling the long, drawn out process in the southern state, nine lawmakers, including four blacks and one Hispanic, sent a letter Thursday to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan (news - web sites) asking that the international body "ensure free and fair elections in America," according to a statement issued by Florida representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, who spearheaded the effort."

Thursday  7/1/2004

Florida Felon Purge List Made Public  7/1/2004 People For the American Way: "In a victory for Florida voters, Circuit Court Judge Nikki Clark ruled today that the list of 47,000 "potential felon matches" who the state claims may be purged from the voter polls must be made available to the public. This is a huge step forward in heading off potentially massive voter disenfranchisement the likes of which occurred in 2000. "This is great news for democracy and for the state of Florida," said Ralph G. Neas, president of People For the American Way Foundation. "We encourage the state to accept Judge Clark's order, forgo an appeal, and make the list public immediately. An appeal will only delay justice for voters who have been wrongly placed on the list." "

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