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Daily Journal of Mahaan, an Iranian-American student residing in USA.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Half way thru the election

Just came home from volunteering at polls! As far as I heard from local people the turn out is quite higher than previous elections. Some people were saying it's twice, but ...
The news are both good and bad: The turn out is quite high nationaly but at the same time a terrible manipuation has started in Ohio. In an overnight verdict, the suprem court reversed an earlier ruling by lower courts and allowed challenging voters at the polls by party supervisors. That means that bunch of republicans are going to heavily democratic neighborhoods and pick at many of the African Americans or Latinos and challenge their documents and probably stop them from voting. This will definitely makes the lines longer and frustrates people more and more.

Now electoral-vote.com is projecting both Bush and Kerry below 270 electoral votes which means no one has the real majority. Media has been working hard over the past few weeks to prepare people for a case of total deadlock. That means election would go out of the hand of voters to the backscene negotiations in senate and house of reps. Probably republicans know that Kerry is going to win. They just want to completely weaken him and his legitimacy before giving him the power. In some way Bush started his presidency like that and if Sep 11th hadn't happen, he would have had a misreble time to rule the government.

Anyway, we don't have the choice but to hope that people's turn out and high votes for Kerry neuralizes all these craps and finishes the whole thing this evening.

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