Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Overseas? Want to vote Nov. 2? Good luck.

Tasty excerpts from this New York Times article (free registration might be necessary):

Election officials concede that tens of thousands of Americans overseas might not get ballots in time to cast votes. Late primaries and legal wrangling caused election offices in at least 8 of the 15 swing states to fail to mail absentee ballots by Sept. 19, a cutoff date officials say is necessary to ensure that they can be returned on time...

"I found it so convoluted I gave up," says Alex Campos, a management consultant in London who repeatedly tried to register using the Pentagon program, without success.

And why might the process of registering overseas voters suddenly have become such a cumbersome and obstructive process?

There is also little polling of the 3.9 million civilians abroad. But last month, a Zogby poll of Americans who had passports found that they supported John Kerry over Mr. Bush, 58 percent to 35 percent.

Oh. That's why.

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