Campaign '04: What Could Go Wrong This Time?

Plenty. Technical glitches, lawsuits and counting difficulties could gum up the works again

After all we went through in the election of 2000, what would it take, what kind of monumental ineptitude, to create a situation that risks a repeat of that anxious, ugly time?

An act of Congress, it turns out. Creating another election ripe for dispute was hardly the intent when our elected legislators passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in 2002, earmarking some $4 billion to streamline voting standards and allow states to modernize their voting systems. Although they passed the act, Congress and the White House were slow, perhaps recklessly so, in setting up the Election Assistance Commission (EAC)...

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