07 November 2004


While televised chatterers debate whether Kerry carried enough angels on his lapel pin, serious questions about the integrity of the 2004 presidential election are, for the moment at least, being ignored.

As Napoleon Solo of the 1960's television show The Man from Uncle once said, "sometimes the most obvious is the most devious." And what is obvious is the plan on the part of Republican state administrations to retard the election process, suppress voter turn-out and make it inconvenient for Democratic constituencies to vote. Whether it was J. Kenneth Blackwell of Ohio insisting all new registrants file forms on 80-pound paper (a requirement that was rescinded) or Mary Kiffmeyer's last-minute implementation of a cumbersome new computer system in Minnesota the intention was clear.


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