Voting Rights

October 29, 2004 • Volume 14, Issue 38
Will the votes of all Americans be counted on Nov. 2?
By Mary H. Cooper

Introduction

One day before the Oct. 8 deadline, a young New Yorker registers to vote, joining thousands of others who responded to an aggressive registration campaign by voting advocates.  (Getty Images/Spencer Platt)
One day before the Oct. 8 deadline, a young New Yorker registers to vote, joining thousands of others who responded to an aggressive registration campaign by voting advocates. (Getty Images/Spencer Platt)

As the heated presidential campaign enters its final days, unprecedented concern surrounds the fairness of the voting process. Indeed, four years after a vote-counting scandal in Florida had to be resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court — and four decades after passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act — civil-rights advocates say the votes of many Americans are still at risk. Republicans charge that Democrats are padding registration lists; Democrats say Republicans are trying to intimidate African-Americans and suppress the votes of Hispanics, former felons and other likely Democratic voters to keep them away from the polls. Voting experts worry that new electronic voting machines purchased by funds from the 2002 Help America Vote Act are susceptible to tampering and do not allow for an accurate recount if the election — once again — is contested. Meanwhile, both parties are dispatching thousands of poll watchers and lawyers to pounce on any voting irregularities, especially in the too-close-to-call “battleground” states.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Voting Rights
Oct. 02, 2015  Young Voters
Apr. 03, 2015  Latino Voters
Feb. 21, 2014  Voting Controversies
May 18, 2012  Voter Rights
Sep. 15, 2006  Voting Controversies
Oct. 29, 2004  Voting Rights
Feb. 28, 1975  Minority Voting Rights
Apr. 18, 1962  Protection of Voting Rights
Mar. 19, 1958  Right to Vote
Feb. 24, 1954  Eighteen-Year-Old and Soldier Voting
Sep. 13, 1932  The Solid South and Political Sectionalism
Jun. 18, 1928  Voting and Non-Voting in Elections
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Campaigns and Elections
Campaigns and Elections
Civil Rights: African Americans
Domestic Issues
Voting and Suffrage