Important Bananna Republic To Get International Election Monitoring!
With four days to go, the election appears too close to callHundreds of US government observers are being deployed across the country to ensure minority groups do not face discrimination during the election.
About three times as many staff will monitor proceedings as in the 2000 presidential election, which saw a row over voter eligibility in Florida.
Florida officials are also sending new ballot papers to thousands of postal voters whose forms never reached them.
The candidates are targeting key states in the last days before Tuesday's vote.
John Kerry is scheduled to spend the day in Florida, one of the battleground states that could be won by either him or George W Bush and that may affect the result of the election.
Staff from the civil rights division of the justice department will monitor voting procedures in eight Florida counties, including those hit by claims of disenfranchisement and confusing procedures in 2000.
"This president believes the buck stops everywhere but with the president of the United States." Senator John KerryOn the Kerry campaign trail
The day at-a-glance In total, 840 federal observers and more than 250 civil rights personnel will be at work in 25 states, including some like Pennsylvania and Ohio where the result is also expected to be close, the justice department announced.
They will be checking, among other things, that voters are not being challenged unfairly because of their race or language ability.
Large numbers of people have registered as new voters for this election - Republicans have concerns that some are fraudulent applications and Democrats want to ensure that their supporters are allowed to vote.
New ballot papers are being sent out in the heavily Democratic Broward county in Florida, though election officials there said initial fears that 58,000 forms had gone missing were inflated. But between 10,000 and 15,000 ballots are being resent.
High-profile supporters of both candidates will take the stage again on Friday to rally support for Mr Bush or Mr Kerry.
Former President Bill Clinton begins a three-state tour for Mr Kerry, while Hollywood star and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be with President Bush.
(What a cruel and unjust embarassment this WH pResident has been for America. Our collective face turns RED whenever we think how he got into office.)*aj*