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  • America Votes

    Election news from across the Knight Ridder network and the Web

    Monday, February 16, 2004

    Chads still hanging around in 22 states 

    It is Election Night 2004. The presidential tally stalls in a near-tie. All eyes turn to a pivotal state, a rich source of electoral votes, where election supervisors scrutinize ballots.

    Punch-card ballots.

    Yes, punch-card ballots, the much maligned voting system — dimpled chad, hanging chad, pregnant chad — that symbolized Florida's botched election four years ago, politically paralyzed the nation for 37 days and altered the course of electoral history. Punch cards may be gone in Florida, but chads still thrive elsewhere and are actually gaining favor in some quarters.

    As many as 32 million voters in 307 counties in portions of 22 states will use punch-card ballots during the November general election, according to a study released last week. Could that contribute to another electoral meltdown? Yes, experts say, possibly at the presidential level, more likely somewhere else along the ballot.

    - Marty Merzer, Miami Herald

    posted by Jim Van Nostrand at 5:39 AM



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