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  • America Votes

    Election news from across the Knight Ridder network and the Web

    Tuesday, September 28, 2004

    Does Uncle Sam want you? 

    Do you feel a draft? Lots of Americans are afraid they do. With the military streched thin in Iraq and Afghanistan, people are worried a draft may be necessary.

    Although the Bush administration has adamantly denied it for months, Democrats have tried to seize on the fear to energize worried young voters and mothers to vote for Sen. John Kerry.

    Two bills have been introduced by Democrats in Congress to revive and expand the draft, which was discontinued near the end of the Vietnam War. Adding to the anxiety is the Selective Service System's recent advertisements for people to serve on local boards, which would help administer a draft.

    But despite that seemingly strong evidence, it's highly unlikely a draft will return, barring some major national emergency, lawmakers and analysts say. There is virtually no backing for the legislation in Congress and the idea of a draft is intensely unpopular among the American public.

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 1:35 PM



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