Magazine article Insight on the News

Government Blunder Colors Voting Process

Magazine article Insight on the News

Government Blunder Colors Voting Process

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In the days following the Nov. 3 congressional elections, Democrats and the Clinton-Gore administration have been gloating about their electoral pickups and, likewise, have been boasting that the midterms were a repudiation of the Republican Congress' message of lower taxes and less government. Across town, Republican leaders have been spinning and stressing the fact that they were able to maintain their majority in both the House and the Senate. Ironically, it was the Nevada Senate race -- the last contest to be decided -- which has the most to teach members of both parties.

By Wednesday morning, the race between incumbent Democrat Harry Reid and Republican Rep. John Ensign had yet to be decided. The hard-fought contest concluded with a margin of less than 1,000 votes -- 459, to be exact. While Reid eventually would be declared the winner, some questions were raised about votes in Washoe County, Nev. Then, on Saturday, Nov. 7, Washoe District Judge Janet Berry approved a recount of the race due to failures in the machines which were used to count absentee ballots. …

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