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Posted: 3/3/2002 8:01:28 PM EDT
[b]March 3 Neal Knox Update[/b] The Senate will again take up election law reform tomorrow, with Republicans continuing to filibuster the bill. A Friday vote to end debate -- "invoke cloture" -- was 11 votes short of the 60 necessary. The bill, S. 565, is the product of the election problems in the last Presidential election. While making it more likely that "every vote is counted," it also makes it more difficult to cast a fraudulent vote -- or it did. Our old nemesis Sen. Charles Schumer, who had helped broker a reasonable compromise in December, threw a monkey wrench into the anti-fraud provisions he helped write by eliminating the need for voters to produce a picture identification document the first time they vote by mail. (No I.D. is required for subsequent mail votes.) Schumer's amendment allows the first time mail voter to be identified simply by matching the signature on the ballot to the signature on the mail-in registration form -- allowing crooked voters to be registered and vote under as many names as they like. The Washington Post thinks it a fine amendment. According to Friday's Wall Street Journal, the main objections to the reform bill's December language came from the NAACP and La Raza -- the black and hispanic organizations representing groups most often accused of voter fraud in recent years. Majority Leader Tom Daschle says that if the Schumer-amended bill doesn't pass next week it will kill the bill "for the foreseeable future."
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