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The 2004 Election

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Publication Date: December 2004

Publisher(s): Pew Center on the States

Topic: Politics (Elections and voting)

Keywords: voting; elections

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


While the result of the 2004 presidential election exceeded the margin of litigation, it fell far short of the margin of concern. Problems around the country, including malfunctioning machines, inconsistent procedures for counting provisional ballots and long lines in some states indicated election reform is not finished, but rather at a midpoint. This post-election analysis looks at what went wrong, what went right and what changes could be likely in the future to address the old and new concerns raised on November 2.