Democrats Launch Investigation of
Voting Problems in Ohio
By Nedra Pickler
The Associated Press
Monday 06 December 2004
The Democratic Party said Monday it will examine reports of voting problems in Ohio, where President Bush's victory clinched his re-election.
Outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe said the party will spend "whatever it takes" to study complaints from Ohio voters that included uncounted votes, long lines, shortages of ballots, understaffed polling stations and voting machine errors.
McAuliffe said the party is not seeking to overturn the result but to ensure that every vote is counted. He said the study will be conducted by nonpartisan experts to be announced later, with a report issued in the spring that recommends reforms to prevent such problems in the future.
Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell was expected to certify Bush's winning margin of about 119,000 votes on Monday, a margin closer than election night totals but not close enough to trigger an automatic recount.
The Green and Libertarian parties are raising money to pay for a recount that would be conducted once the results are certified.
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