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by Yassar Datsmibebe Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004 at 7:58 AM

Expect election fraud to be rampant in this election. The Democrats have set the plan for orchestrating the theft of a national election... again.

Election fraud in favor of Al Gore was well documented in the 2000 elections, such as the precincts in Philadelphia where more than 103% of the eligible voters turned out to vote for Al Gore, or the Pennsylvania counties where dead people voted, or Greene and Mercer counties where the computer voting systems malfunctioned loosing approximately 1/3 of the votes and Gore won.

If next month's election is close enough to go into overtime, a likely culprit will be the new federal mandate requiring all states to allow voters to cast provisional ballots if their names aren't on the registration rolls. Those ballots will then be separated from the rest and counted later if the voter is found to be eligible.

However, the rules for verifying provisional ballots were left up to the states and that could create a political nightmare. In 2002, a total of 2,700 provisional ballots decided the photo-finish race for Congress in Colorado's Seventh Congressional District. Three counties in the district each had different rules for counting the ballots, and it took temporary workers 33 days to finish the task. There are only 43 days between Election Day this year and when the Electoral College is set to meet and name a president. "If I had to pick the one thing that will be source of controversy on Election Day, it will be provisional voting," election expert Doug Chapin told the Associated Press.

A major source of any controversy -- and lawsuits -- will be laws in 26 states that require that a provisional ballot be cast in the correct precinct or otherwise be thrown out. Liberal groups are suing to demand that a voter's choice for president and other national offices be counted even if the ballot isn't cast in the right place. Votes for local races wouldn't be counted.

Lawyers for both candidates say they fully expect court battles if the presidential vote in key states is close enough. The final result could be delayed for days while election officials determine which candidate won the majority of valid provisional ballots. No one knows how many provisional ballots will be cast this year. In the last presidential election, California's Los Angeles County, which has about 3% of the nation's population, saw 101,000 people vote provisionally. About 60% of those votes were declared valid. Nationwide, that would mean some two million valid provisional votes. That's enough to tie up a very close presidential race for days -- or even the five weeks that delayed the 2000 results in Florida.

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