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We can go to the moon, split atoms to power submarines, squeeze profits from a 99 cent hamburger and watch football highlights on cell phones. But the most successful democracy in human history has yet to figure out how to conduct a proper election. As it stands, the American voting system is a worrisome mess, a labyrinth of local, state and federal laws spotted with bewildered volunteers, harried public officials, partisan distortions, misdesigned forms, malfunctioning machines and polling-place confusion. Each time, problems pop up on the margins; if the election is close, these problems matter a great deal. Republicans and Democrats predict record turnouts, perhaps 130 million people, including millions who have never voted before. The vast majority will cast their votes without a hitch. But some voters will find themselves at the mercy of registration rolls that have been poorly maintained or, in some cases, improperly handled. Others will endure long lines, too few voting machines and observers who challenge their identities. Long a prerogative of local government, the patchwork of election rules often defies logic. A convicted felon can vote in Maine, but not in Virginia. A government-issued photo ID is required of all voters at the polls in Indiana, but not in New York. Voting lines are shorter in the suburbs, and the rules governing when provisional ballots count sometimes vary from state to state. As Americans cast their ballots on Nov. 4, here are some problems that threaten to throw this election to the courts again.
1. The Database Dilemma
2. 'Mickey Mouse' Registrations And Polling-Place Challenges
3. Bad Forms
4. The Voting-Machine Fiasco
5. Unequal Distribution of Resources
6. New Burdens of Proof
7. Confusing Rules, Bad Information
Fairfax County Registrar Rokey Suleman is disqualifying an overwhelming majority of the military federal write-in absentee ballots received in his county on the basis that no address had been given for those witnessing the voter signatures on the ballots. According to Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity and four former members of the military who held a press conference on Thursday, over 98 percent of these military absentee ballots in Fairfax County are being rejected.
Originally posted by grover
reply to post by deathhasnosound
Personally I don't see any reason why not but why not use the social security to do it... and for security's sake each person would get a separate voter ID number.
Haven't you noticed though its funny how all these major voting problems reared their ugly little heads for the first time nationally with the 2000 election.
Originally posted by Scramjet76
reply to post by RRconservative
I doubt there is any political motivations so much as just following procedures. How do you not put an address on an absentee? Can't servicemen/women write in the address of the base they are stationed at?