Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
balky machines, absentee ballot scandals, felons voting, Supreme
Court intervention - all these made headlines during the infamous
2000 Florida recount. Could it happen again this year?
John Fund's answer is yes - because not much has changed to improve
our election systems. Both major parties are poised on a hair
trigger to file lawsuits and challenge any close statewide
vote. The issues may boil down to whether the margin of
victory in any state exceeds the "margin of litigation."
Fund offers a guided
tour of our error-prone election systems, which nearly half of
Americans say they don't trust. He dissects some anomalies of
Florida 2000 and analyzes the bitterly protracted election for
governor of Washington State in 2004. He examines the perils
of "provisional ballots," the flaws of the "Motor Voter" law that
has allowed people to get absentee ballots for phantom voters, and
the shady registration drives of the radical group ACORN.
Meanwhile, the simple safeguard of a photo ID requirement is
fiercely resisted on specious claims that it would disenfranchise
poor and minority voters. In Stealing
Fund presents an alarming portrait of electoral
vulnerability, as a combination of bureaucratic bungling and ballot
rigging put our democracy at risk.
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