Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Will the GOP be Anxious Count Overseas Ballots in 2004?

Harken back to the year 2000. One of the tipping points of the presidential election was counting overseas ballots, and particularly those in the service. For all intents and purposes, the overseas absentee ballots tipped the scales in Florida. I don't know how many times I heard, during the month of November, 2000 that "every vote counts" in James Baker's quest to make sure all the military ballots were counted. Didn't matter if they were incomplete. Didn't matter if they were postmarked after the due date (and many were).

It's going to be different this year. There are a lot of U.S. expats out there working hard to get out the vote:

"If passions over the U.S. presidential race are at boiling point back home, they may be even higher abroad, where many Americans say they experience firsthand the ramifications of President Bush (news - web sites)'s foreign policies. Whether they approve of those policies or not, by all accounts, U.S. citizens overseas are registering in greater numbers than ever before, hoping their vote can make a difference in an election both sides say may be the most crucial in modern American history."
And I'm betting there's not a whole lot of Bush votes out there...