Monday, Oct 20, 2008
With John McCain and Barack Obama already swapping accusations of widespread voter fraud, experts warn that a bitter and protracted fight could ensue if the race to the White House is decided by a narrow margin.
The legal battle over election rules has already made it all the way to the Supreme Court as Republicans fight to block potentially false registrations from being validated and Democrats struggle to prevent voter disenfranchisement.
Compounding the problem is the decentralized US electoral system, which hands often partisan local officials the power to make rules and maintain the voter registration rolls.
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“I’m hoping it’s not close,” said Richard L. Hansen, a professor who specializes in election law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
“I am certain there will be problems on election day.”
An estimated nine million new voters have registered for the hotly contested November 4 election, and the Obama campaign says Democratic registrations are outpacing Republican ones by four to one.
This article was posted: Monday, October 20, 2008 at 12:04 pm