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Virginia Recount?


A law professor at George Washington University, Overton was a commissioner on the Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform. Author of the new book Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression, Overton just wrote the piece “Bush v. Gore II?: Virginia Election Irregularities and Recount Procedures.”
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Stewart is the policy director of and will be available for interviews in New York City. He said today: “About 80 percent of the ballots in Virginia are on one paperless system or another, with no independent means of verifying the accuracy of the electronic tallies. With these machines, a recount would be nothing more than a reprint.

“Should Senator Allen challenge the results of the election, that contest would go to the U.S. Senate Rules Committee for resolution, possibly under the previous leadership. This could leave the control of the Senate in question for months.”
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167