By Joyce Howard Price
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Many Americans are worried about the accuracy of the voting process next week, a national poll finds, but election officials in most battleground states believe an influx of new voters and a high turnout will cause logistical problems � not increase the specter of fraud.
Election officials say they do not anticipate being plagued by voter fraud, overvoting (voting more than once), or the types of ballot problems that beset the presidential election in Florida four years ago.
'The higher number of voters will bring its own set of problems. Crowd control becomes an issue. There's always an opportunity for fraud, but we've made efforts to minimize it,' said Kevin Kennedy, spokesman for the Wisconsin State Board of Elections.
An Associated Press poll of 1,000 U.S. adults, including registered and likely voters, found that 69 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of Republicans fear the election will be unresolved on Nov. 3. Fewer than half of Democrats and about three-fourths of Republicans say they are 'very confident' the election results will be accurate.
About half of those surveyed said they expect the results will be challenged in court, like those in 2000. Lawsuits already have been filed on everything from how provisional ballots are counted to accusations of fraud in voter registration.
Election officials in Michigan, as in most states, predict a higher-than-normal turnout Tuesday, but they expect to have results shortly after the polls close.
"[W]e're so decentralized [in terms of elections], and we have 5,300 polling places throughout the state. So even if there is an increase of 200,000 voters on Election Day, that increase will be dispersed pretty well and will be manageable," said Kelly Chesney, spokeswoman for the Michigan Secretary of State's Office.
In Arizona, election officials have established a "fraud line" for people to report suspicious activity and cross-check voter rolls to prevent illegal voting activity.
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Thursday, October 28, 2004
By Joyce Howard Price