Voting Rights

Will the votes of all Americans be counted on Nov. 2?


As the heated presidential campaign enters its final days, unprecedented concern surrounds the fairness of the voting process. Indeed, four years after a vote-counting scandal in Florida had to be resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court — and four decades after passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act — civil-rights advocates say the votes of many Americans are still at risk. Republicans charge that Democrats are padding registration lists; Democrats say Republicans are trying to intimidate African-Americans and suppress the votes of Hispanics, former felons and other likely Democratic voters to keep them away from the polls. Voting experts worry that new electronic voting machines purchased by funds from the 2002 Help America Vote Act are susceptible to tampering and do not allow for an ...

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