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Briefing and Opinion
November 5, 2004

In his book, STEALING ELECTIONS: HOW VOTER FRAUD THREATENS OUR DEMOCRACY, John Fund describes a haphazard, fraud-prone elections system that, he suggests, imperils the world's leading democracy. Fund is a columnist for the WALL STREET JOURNAL'S and has written on voter fraud and election irregularities for the last decade.
1. Bipartisan Badguys
2. Widespread Mistrust
3. Fraud-Friendly Laws
4. Vote Brokers
5. Dead Men Vote
6. Brave New Voting
Dead Men Vote
Police officer and ghoul
L: A St. Louis police officer stands on guard at the entrance to the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners office November 7, 2000, while citizens wait to vote. R: A man carries a sign reading "I Voted for Suarez," March 5, 1998, referring to Xavier Suarez, who was the mayor until a judge ruled Wednesday that voter fraud nullified the November election that put him in office. One of the allegations was that dead people voted for Suarez. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)
In the November 2000 elections, a St. Louis judge ruled to extend the voting hours in the city, based upon a petition by Democrats contending that delays at the polls would prevent one Robert D. Odom from voting. Polls remained open after 8:00, until a three-judge panel overruled the decision. The director of the St. Louis Board of Elections found no Robert D. Odom registered to vote in the city, only a Robert Odom whose registration was cancelled after his death in 1999.
Brave New Voting
Demonstrating as a vote-eating computer
Robert Howe of Placerville, dressed as a vote-eating computer, demonstrates against the touch screen voting systems, while Laramie Crocker, of Berkeley, right, sings against the use of the same machines outside the Secretary of State's office in Sacramento, Calif., April 21, 2004. More then two dozen activists rallied against the use of electronic voting machines citing the lack of a paper verification (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

After the 2000 Florida fiasco, the biggest collection of conspiracy theories about our national elections centers around the direct recording electronic machines that millions of Americans used to vote this November. In addition to concerns about hacking the system, many feel a paper printout of their vote is critical to prevent fraud and offer an alternative count in the event of electronic failure.