October 27th, 2008
01:16 PM ET

Battle of the ballot

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Kai Wright

If John McCain isn't the next president, it won't be for lack of trying—he's called Barack Obama everything from a terrorist to a socialist. And yet, with a week to go, it is increasingly clear this election is Obama's to lose. Which leaves McCain with one last tried-and-true tactic: Steal the thing.

For all the talk about the "Bradley effect," the margin of error may not be the one created by whites who won't put their votes where their polling mouths will. Barack Obama's more serious hurdle may be winning big enough to make up for the votes that never actually get cast or counted.

Watchdogs have spent the fall charting a map of battleground states for the building fight over voting rights. These are the places where battles over the legalities of voting will be waged right up to Election Day—and God forbid, could go on for days and weeks thereafter. They are the places where an eight-year-long tug of war between those who want to make voting more accessible and those who want to make it still more difficult will climax.

"Some problems are unavoidable," says Daniel Seligman of the Pew Center on the States' Electiononline.org. "Somewhere in this country a machine is going to screw up. Somewhere a voter is going to be asked for an ID who doesn't have to show it. But these problems can be magnified." So last week, Seligman and his colleagues at Pew put together their own list of states where the confluence of new voters, Republican shenanigans and official negligence could blow those unavoidable problems up into this year's Florida or Ohio.


Filed under: 2008 Election • Voting issues
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  1. jennifer shafer

    Joe "the Plumber" might as well say tucked in bed on election day because not even Dizzy, Muck and Lofty could save the Republicans sinking ship!!! 6 months ago I actually gave John McCain the benefit of the doubt but he has proven with his ridiculous decision for a running mate and pretty much every move since than that despite what he might like to do for this country he will Never have power over his party. This time around the republicans have simply self destructed right in front of our eyes. It is sad that it took this election, the economic crisis and the war in Iraq for our country to finally see change.

    Change for the good should come with out question, not by default due to the failed agenda's of the power's that be.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  2. Cindy

    Why don't you tell how Obama plans on winning by using ACORN and voter fraud! Won't talk about that will you? The Dems have done more voter fraud then reps so stop trying to act like it's all on the reps. If you are going to pretend to be a journalist then actually tell the truth!


    October 27, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  3. Carol, CA

    If McCain somehow manages to "win" this election. I will never believe that he won it fairly. It will be rigged – and I will never vote again. Why bother?

    October 27, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  4. John

    If Obama wanted to emulate McCain's attack ads, we would hear robocalls in the Heartland informing America's patriots that McCain: a) was in the pocket of former Lincoln Savings & Loan president and convicted criminal Charles Keating;b) was buddies with fellow criminal Republicans Ted Stevens, Tom Delay, Scooter Libby, Trent Lott, Jack Abramoff, Don Young, Larry Craig, Tom Feeney, Alberto Gonzoles, Mark Foley...etc;c) accepted political donations from the Watergate convicted criminal G. Gordon Liddy;d) picked a runningmate mired in scandal (Troopergate) and has acted "unethical" according to her own people – – and doctored expense reports to bilk her taxpayers;e) gave up information to his communist captors in North Vietnam, whereas other American prisoners did NOT;McCain has a lot to answer for, but Obama hasn't stooped to that level. You can’t call yourself patriot while voting for criminals.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  5. Paris

    You are making an allegation with absolutely no basis.
    You must retract . You wrote that John McCain has called Obama a “terrorist”.
    That is a LIE and you know it Kai Wright.

    John McCain has never called Obama a terrorist, John McCain’s has asked Obama to make clear the extend of his relationship with Ayer.
    That is a simple question that OBAMA never answered.

    Your article is bias and if it wasn’t for people like you and organizations like CNN Obama would be 20 points behind.

    The media elected Obama and shoved him down America’s throat.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  6. Sharon Kitchen

    There already have been problems of all sorts.Mostly human and mostly because "they" are doing whatever they can to "steal" the election.

    But with the LARGE voter turn out already...........

    Go Obama/Biden '08

    October 27, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  7. Vegas

    I'm sure ACORN will be there to make sure everythings on the up and up.... Yea...

    October 27, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  8. Larry

    The Root is just a black racist institution.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:37 pm |

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