Voting Problems Loom in US
By Randall Mikkelsen
Mail and Guardian
Tuesday 24 October 2006
Long lines and long counts threaten to mar next month's United States congressional elections as millions of Americans put new voting machines and rules to the test, election officials and experts say.
The result could be delays in knowing whether Democrats capture one or both houses of the US Congress, or whether President George Bush's Republicans keep control.
"In close elections, it may be days and weeks before a winner is known in a particular race," said Paul DeGregorio, chairperson of the US Election Assistance Commission, created to oversee a 2002 election-law overhaul.
He forecast, however, an improvement over previous elections and said: "I think voters can trust the system."
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