ON-Lion Letter
"With the presidential race between Barack Obama and John McCain expected to be very close, our nation may be on the brink of repeating the 2000 Florida election debacle -- this time not in one but in several states, with allegations of vote fraud, intimidation and manipulation of voting machines added to the generalized chaos that sent the 2000 race into overtime," Wall Street Journal online columnist John Fund writes in the introduction to a newly released, revised and updated version of his 2004 Encounter book Stealing Elections:  How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy.

Since 2000, according to Fund, not much has changed to improve our election systems, while both major parties are poised on a hair trigger to file lawsuits and challenge any close statewide vote.  The issues may boil down to whether the margin of victory in any state exceeds the “margin of litigation.”

Fund's Stealing Elections offers a guided tour of our error-prone election systems, which nearly half of Americans say they don’t trust.  When some states have systems so flawed that you can’t tell where incompetence ends and possible fraud begins, it isn’t surprising that scandals have ranged from rural Texas to big cities such as Milwaukee and St. Louis. 

The book presents a chilling portrait of electoral vulnerability, as a combination of bureaucratic bungling and ballot-rigging put our democracy at risk.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
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