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Is America Ready to Vote?24:50
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photoIt's just three more days before Election Day 2004, and lawyers in swing states across the country have already begun their legal wrangling.

In Ohio, there is a court battle over whether tens of thousands of voters will be allowed to cast their ballots next week. In Florida, the state's new chief elections officer, Glenda Hood, is the target of lawsuits and Democratic critics who say she's working to deliver the election to George W. Bush.

With the polls indicating a neck-and-neck race, each and every vote in this presidential election counts. But can Americans be sure that there won't be another Florida-like voting fiasco this year?

Guests:

Mark Niquette, public affairs reporter, The Columbus Dispatch

Mark Danner, professor of journalism, UC Berkeley and author of "The Road to Illegitimacy: One Reporter's Travels Through the 2000 Florida Vote Re-count" and "Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror"

Greg Palast, investigative journalist and author of "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy"

John Fortier, research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and executive director of the Continuity of Government Commission, author of "After the People Vote: A Guide to the Electoral College"

Paul DeGregorio, commissioner of the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC), established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002.

This program aired on October 29, 2004.

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