Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Bloomberg.com: U.S. Voters Wait for Hours to Cast Ballots for Kerry, Bush

Bloomberg.com: U.S.: "Nov. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Voters around the country waited in line for hours for a chance to help select the next U.S. president, as independent election experts predicted a record turnout.
Thousands of observers, some independent, others working for the competing campaigns of President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry, are monitoring the voting in such swing states as Florida and Ohio.
``We're in line for record numbers of voters, record numbers of people supervising the process, record numbers of people watching the process and record numbers of people concerned the result might not be what they hoped for,'' said Doug Chapin, director of the nonpartisan electionline.org, which monitors voting reform.
Ohio Republican party spokesman Jason Mauk, sending an e- mail while in line in Columbus, said he had waited more than 2 1/2 hours to vote. In Cincinnati, Kerry voter Elizabeth Day waited an hour and a half with her two children. She said there was no line at her polling place at about the same time of day four years ago. "


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