Friday, October 15, 2004


Bush Lawyer Anticipates Delay in Tally.
President Bush's top campaign lawyer said yesterday that the winner of next month's presidential vote may not be known for "days or weeks" after Election Day if the contest is close.

Experts predict that a large number of absentee ballots will be cast, which could take time to count. For the first time nationwide, voters whose names do not appear on the rolls will be allowed to cast "provisional ballots," which will be counted only after a post-Election Day review determines their eligibility.

In addition, some battleground states will count overseas military ballots received after Election Day as long as they are postmarked before Nov. 3. In Florida, for instance, military ballots received through Nov. 12 will be counted.

Tom Josefiak, the Bush-Cheney campaign's general counsel, said he worries that the uncertainty caused by potential delays could undermine confidence in the outcome. "If it's a close election in any one state, it may be days or weeks before we know who actually is the winner," he said. "I hope that doesn't happen.
And if you believe that I've got this bridge I want to sell you. But seriously, what we are seeing right now is the ramp up to a wholesale attempt to steal this election. And if you think the level of voter suppression going on right now is bad, wait until the terror warnings start. You think throwing away a few thousand voter registrations is bad? (As I posted back in September)... you ain't seen nothing yet.


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