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12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 18, 2002


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WASHINGTON (AP) - Voters heading to
the polls in 2004 will see new voting machines,
provisional ballots and ID requirements under a
bill Congress has sent to the White House.
The Senate passed the bill 92-2 Wednesday,
nearly a week after the House approved it in a
357-48 vote. President Bush issued a statement
saying the legislation contained "important elec-
tion'reforms" and promised to sign it.
The measure would authorize spending about
$3.8 billion over three years, although Congress
must separately approve of spending that money.
All sides say they are committed to that.
Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) the chair-
man of the Senate Rules Committee, said the bill
will "make the central premise of our democracy
- that the people are sovereign - ring even
more truly in the years to come."
Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the com-
mittee's top Republican, called the legislation
The measure is the result of months of negoti-
ation to craft a federal solution to the balloting
problems in Florida that plagued the 2000 presi-
dential election.
New York's two Democratic senators - Sens.
Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton
- were the only senators who voted against the
bill. Both cited opposition to the bill's voter
identification requirement, saying it overrides
New York's system of allowing voters to simply
attest to their signatures.
With the congressional session winding down,
lawmakers took up a flurry of measures, includ-
ing legislation the Senate approved Wednesday
that increases defense spending.
The election overhaul provides money for
states to replace punch-card and lever voting
systems with upgraded machines. It requires
provisional voting, which allows people who
claim eligibility to vote even when their
names do not appear on election rolls. Those
ballots would be set aside; election officials
would determine later whether they were
The bill also establishes statewide registration
lists that would use a driver's license number or
the last four digits of a Social Security number
to identify each voter. Voters with neither num-
ber would be assigned an identifying number by
the state.
States would have to ensure that at least one
voting machine at each polling place is accessi-
ble to the disabled.
The bill includes identification requirements
opposed by civil rights groups and many
Democrats. Those provisions would require vot-
ers who registered by mail to show identification
the first time they vote. Photo IDs, utility bills or

U.S. Rep. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), center, U.S. Senate candidate, talks with Mendel Stewart, left, after a dedication ceremony for the
Ellison McKissick textile building yesterday at Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, S.C. Looking on is Don Garrison, college
president, second from left.

-The House passed by voice vote and sent to
the White House a bill directing the Department
of Veterans Affairs to establish four health care
centers around the country to specialize in emer-
gency preparedness for terror attacks. The cen-
ters would offer training for medical responders
to attacks; develop systems for detecting and
diagnosing biological, radiological and chemical
agents; and treat victims of terrorism. The bill is
H.R. 3253.
- House Republicans temporarily shelved an
investor tax relief measure that would have
raised the tax deduction for investment losses
and given people breaks to rebuild retirement
plans devastated by the market downturn. Con-
servatives had objected to provisions intended to
stop U.S. companies from relocating to overseas
tax havens. They contended those items amount-
ed to a tax increase.

: (AP) - Reubianicrunch
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans in Michigan's three key U.S.
House races have far outraised their Democratic opponents, according to
campaign finance reports that came three weeks before election day.
In all three southeast Michigan races, the Republicans had at least
twice the money to spend on the race as the Democrats, according to
reports filed this week with the Federal Election Commission for the
period ending Sept. 30.
- US. Rep. Joe Knol-
lenberg (R-Bloomfield
Hills) raised nearly $1.9
million and had $798,020
left after paying expens-
es. Democratic attorney
David Fink raised more
than $1.1 million and had s
$100,496 left to spend on
his effort to replace the
five-term congressman inr
Oakland County's 9th
- In the 10th District that covers part of Macomb County and much
of Michigan's thumb, Republican Secretary of State Candice Miller
raised nearly $1.5 million and had $711,446 left to spend. Democratic
Macomb County Prosecutor Carl Marlinga raised $895,508 and had
$221,699 in the bank.
- Republican State Sen. Thad McCotter raised $775,960 and had
$395,256 to spend in the 11th District that includes western Wayne and
Oakland counties. His Democratic opponent, Redford Township Super-
visor Kevin Kelley, raised $332,545 and had $171,767 left after expens-
Republican officials say McCotter also raised about $400,000 at Mon-
day's fund-raiser featuring President Bush, which is not included in the
total. And U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton will appear at a luncheon tomorrow
that the Kelley campaign hopes will boost his account.


Republicans say the monetary advantage and a comfortable lead
in polls taken last month make them optimistic they will win a
majority of seats in the congressional delegation for the first time in
30 years.
"It seems unlikely that the Democrats are going to make headway in
any of those races," said Michigan Republican Party spokesman Jason
The Fink and Kelley campaigns say even though they are behind in
total fund-raising and money in the bank, they are gaining momentum.
Both campaigns raised more in the third quarter than the Republican can-
didates - Fink had $327,523 to Knollenberg's $251,337, while Kelly
got $241,307 to McCotter's $157,259.
"These numbers show that Knollenberg's campaign is running out of
steam while David is attracting new support every day," said Fink
spokesman Sean Carr.
Marlinga spokeswoman Jennifer Doeren said Miller's monetary
advantage just means his campaign staff will have to work harder con-
necting with individual voters instead of campaigning with television
"It's really no big secret that the Republicans are better funded," she
said. "We just have to spend wiser and be more budget conscious."

President Bush sought yesterday to bolster
his brother in a surprisingly tough guberna-
torial campaign in Florida, a state critical to
his own re-election hopes.
He also tried to help a Republican Senate
candidate make terrorism a political issue in
Bush stepped off Air Force One and into
the embrace of his younger brother, the
Florida governor, who is in a close race with
Democratic challenger Bill McBride.
Education is a key issue in the race, thus
Bush spoke at a nearby elementary school to
promote his administration's agenda.
"The passion and vision I just described is
shared by your governor," the president told
students and teachers at Read-Patillo Ele-
mentary School before headlining a $1 mil-
lion GOP fund-raiser.
"I know him well. I know his heart. I
know his strength of conviction, and I know
his visions," he added.

A McBride victory could hurt the presi-
dent's re-election prospects because a Demo-
cratic governor would be an enormous asset
to whoever is nominated to challenge Bush.
Republicans are already expected to lose
several governor's seats Nov. 5, many in
vote-rich states.
Jeb Bush, once thought by his family to be
the presidential heir apparent, appeared to be
coasting to re-election but McBride has
erased his once-formidable lead in the polls.
The governor told the school crowd, "We
are so proud of the president's leadership in
the fight against evildoers."
Terrorism was the theme in Georgia, the
president's first stop, as Bush raised
$900,000 for Republican gubernatorial can-
didate Sonny Perdue and Senate candidate
Saxby Chambliss.
Chambliss is accusing Democratic Sen.
Max Cleland of thwarting a Bush-backed
bill to create a Homeland Defense Depart-
ment, a charge the president seconded yes-
"There's no question in my mind if Saxby
Chambliss were in the Senate, I would not

Chambliss of "exploitation of a national
A triple amputee Vietnam War veteran,
Cleland backed creation of the department
before the president did and voted for
Democratic-drafted legislation to establish
the new agency when it cleared a Senate
committee this year.
But he was on the opposite side of Bush
on several amendment votes in committee as
well as on the Senate floor, where the legis-
lation is stalled.
Most of the amendments related to civil
service rules and labor protections for
employees of the new department, the dis-
agreement that has blocked passage of the
A thunder of applause filled the Atlanta
hotel room as Bush shook his fist and
pledged to defeat terrorists.
Lowering his voice to a whisper, the presi-
dent then accused Senate Democrats of
imposing too many restrictions on the pro-
posed department.
"The Senate leadership wants to roll back
that (presidential) authority in a time of war



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