To be announced!
I’m curious to see how many races will not have a declared winner this evening. I’ll guess that there are going to be more in this category than one would have ever expected. From MSNBC today:
With the 2006 general election fast approaching, some election observers are predicting widespread chaos at the polls. “We may be only three weeks away from repeating the 2000 Florida voting debacle,” John Fund, a Wall Street Journal columnist who wrote a book on election fraud, told the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on October 13. He warned that not one but several states could see “allegations of voter fraud, intimidation, and manipulation of voting machines [in addition to] the generalized chaos that sent that presidential election into overtime.”
Observers generally agree that the voting process will encounter bumps on November 7. In close races, those bumps could lead to extended legal battles to determine the outcome of congressional and gubernatorial contests. Indeed, in anticipation of Election Day problems, legal battles have been raging all year over who will be allowed to cast ballots on November 7. “The most significant voter disenfranchisement happens not in November but in October and September and all year round,” said Michael Waldman, executive director of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.
Whatever troubles do arise, most will probably come from one of the four chief sources of friction for election officials: voter identification, voter rolls, ballot counting, and new machines.
The Democrats have adopted a national strategy for post-election legal challenges. The Republicans, meanwhile, are relying on their state parties to come up with battle plans. The DNC’s Voting Rights Institute has set up a national hotline for voters to report problems on Election Day. The institute is sending what it calls “election protection” staff to 18 states and is providing election protection manuals to its workers elsewhere. The Democrats’ National Lawyers Council is recruiting 7,500 lawyers and law students to monitor key precincts. State Democratic parties are also participating in lawsuits challenging voter ID laws.
I have interests in races not only in New York State, but also throughout the country. Therefore, its going to be a long, long day and night for me.
My posts over the next few days will cover results and incidents for local, state, and national races. I am sure that there will be a lot to write about!