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This Week: Reaching Out to Women
This Week
October 15, 2004

This week on NOW:

As Election Day nears, Republicans and Democrats are in a heated battle for a group of voters that could swing the election — single women. In 2000, 22 million single women didn’t show up at the polls, making them a prized target for both parties in this incredibly tight Presidential race. But when President Bush and Senator Kerry court women on daytime television, are they offering real solutions? NOW reports on what issues are important to single women and what will get them to the polls. Michele Mitchell looks at the single-women vote through the eyes of a Nevada mom struggling to make ends meet.

Both Republicans and Democrats have accused each other of using dirty tricks and widespread fraud to disenfranchise tens of thousands of voters nationwide. This week, Democrats in Nevada charged that a company paid by the Republican National Committee destroyed voter-registration forms they had collected from Democratic voters. David Brancaccio gets insight from civil rights litigator Judith Browne about concerns that voter suppression strategies have targeted groups to keep them away from the polls. Browne served as lead counsel in a lawsuit against the state of Maryland for failure to fully implement the “Motor Voter” Law and is widely respected for her legal work on fair housing issues and in the public advocacy arena. She currently serves as a senior attorney at The Advancement Project, which creates new strategies for achieving universal opportunities and a racially just democracy.

The debates are over, but the verdict is still out. With some polls showing an almost evenly divided electorate heading into the last days of the campaign, Bill Moyers gets in depth perspective on the politics behind this week's news from returning NOW analyst and author Kevin Phillips.

In Depth

Women's Suffrage

Single Women at the Polls

Women and the Vote: A Timeline

Women Voter Resources

Elephant and Donkey

Who Votes in America?

Protecting Voters' Rights

The Advancement Project's Judith A. Browne

Election 2004
Author and Analyst Kevin Phillips and THE NATION's Katrina vanden Heuvel

Quiz: Campaign Knowledge

Election 2004 on NOW


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Reaching Out to Women (18:09)

David Brancaccio talks with The Advancement Project's Judith Browne (13:29)

Author and Analyst Kevin Phillips and THE NATION's Katrina vanden Heuvel (17:41)

NOW What? (2:24)


Reaching Out to Women
Producer: Brenda Breslauer
Correspondent: Michele Mitchell
Editor: Amanda Zinoman

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