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Carter fears Florida vote trouble

Voting arrangements in Florida do not meet "basic international
requirements" and could undermine the US election, former US President
Jimmy Carter says.
"It is unconscionable to perpetuate fraudulent or biased electoral
practices in any nation," he added.
He said a repeat of the irregularities of the much-disputed 2000
election - which gave President George W Bush the narrowest of wins -
"seems likely".

Mr Carter, a veteran observer of polls worldwide, also accused
Florida's top election official of "bias".

His remarks come ahead of the first TV debate between Mr Bush and John
Kerry.

They are expected to discuss the war on Iraq and homeland security
during the programme on Thursday.

It is unconscionable to perpetuate fraudulent or biased electoral
practices in any nation
Jimmy Carter

Both men have cut back on their campaign touring to go behind closed
doors and rehearse the arguments and techniques they will need during a
series of three debates to be held over two weeks.

Each has held mock debates with aides standing in for their opponent.

Tens of millions of television viewers are expected to watch
Thursday's head-to-head.

Mr Kerry, a debating champion at high school and college, will hope it
can help him claw back a deficit in the polls variously put between 3%
and 9%.

Florida vote

In an article in the Washington Post newspaper, Mr Carter, a Democrat,
said that he and ex-President Gerald Ford, a Republican, had been asked
to draw up recommendations for changes after the last vote in Florida
was marred by arguments over the counting of ballots.

Mr Carter said the reforms they came up with had still not been
implemented.

He accused Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood, a Republican, of
trying to get the name of independent presidential candidate Ralph
Nader included on the state ballot, knowing he might divert Democrat
votes.

He also said: "A fumbling attempt has been made recently to disqualify
22,000 African Americans (likely Democrats), but only 61 Hispanics
(likely Republicans), as alleged felons."

Mr Carter said Florida Governor Jeb Bush - brother of the president -
had "taken no steps to correct these departures from principles of fair
and equal treatment or to prevent them in the future".

"It is unconscionable to perpetuate fraudulent or biased electoral
practices in any nation," he added.

"With reforms unlikely at this late stage of the election, perhaps the
only recourse will be to focus maximum public scrutiny on the
suspicious process in Florida."

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Published: 2004/09/27 14:55:53 GMT

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Jimmy Crow Carter knows how things work 28.Sep.2004 12:40

Red neck

They pick my peanuts for peanuts. We the white minority retain economic and political control by any means possible (including pretending that we care about them) I become President.
Demographics of Plains, Georgia
The racial makeup of the city is 38.62% White, 59.81% African American, 2.83% are Hispanic or Latino.
The per capita income for the city is $11,602. 25.6% of the population and 22.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 47.2% are under the age of 18 and 17.3% are 65 or older.

Demographics of Sumter County, Georgia
The county is 48.22% White, 49.02% Black or African American, 2.68% are Hispanic or Latino.
The per capita income for the county is $15,083. 21.40% of the population and 17.60% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 32.30% are under the age of 18 and 16.80% are 65 or older.

Are all those poor people living in Habitat for Humanity housing or all they still living in those shotgun shacks?

Florida has many, many more problems 28.Sep.2004 15:03

JR

It seems like that's the least of Florida's problems right now, after getting nailed with four hurricane's in a row. It's almost like a war zone down there, with an exodus of people seeking refuge in other parts of the state or country. What will happen with their votes if they can't get back before the election, or if their home is gone so they move somewhere else and have to re-register everything--basically start their lives over. And it takes a long time to get everything situated again, thousands probably will be in no condition to even worry about voting.

Carter should focus on Accenture and the situation with offshore voting, and then maybe on the e-voting that is planned for the homefront. Accenture, I think, is in a postion now where they have the potential to control millions of votes from Americans who live abroad, as well as being in charge of a critical part of homeland security, called US VISIT.