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  • America Votes

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    Monday, February 09, 2004

    A pioneer in the online polls 

    Michigan Democrats are happy, and deservedly so, over the results of their Internet voting, the nation's largest-ever online voting project. More than 46,000 votes were cast via Internet, twice as many people as voted in the entire 2000 Michigan Democratic caucus.

    The online process wasn't perfect, but if Internet voting becomes commonplace, it will improve and Michigan will be viewed as a pioneer.

    At the live polls, however, the Democrats were one angry crowd.

    The Iraq war and Michigan's economy are top issues for Democrats, but the real motivator is their antipathy toward George W. Bush himself. That's what has made electability such a factor in the primaries.

    Polling shows Democrats are much more motivated than Republicans. Bush has lost credibility -- the war, the deficit -- and the GOP must fear that its voters simply won't show up in November.

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 9:20 AM



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