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Voting Sites Under Microscope To Prevent Possible Fraud

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RALEIGH, N.C. — If you voted early, you probably noticed you were not asked for identification.

A name, address and signature are all most registered voters need to get a ballot, but some question whether that may cause problems on Nov. 2.

State elections officials check off names by computer.

The State Board of Elections said verification is handled during registration. Officials said asking for identification could slow down the process.

"The law is written so that it relies on the honesty of the voter," said Johnnie McLean, of the State Board of Elections.

McLean said close elections leave little room for error.

"Both parties have recognized that there is a lot of interest in the election and have already lawyered up for lack of a better term," she said.

Legal teams for the political campaigns are watching for voter fraud. The biggest flaw may be the lack of a national database to prevent people from voting in more than one state.

"Less than one-half of one percent of votes are even questionable," said Peace College politics professor David McLennan. "It could make the difference between President Bush being re-elected and President Kerry."

There is one exception. Those who registered by mail this year may be asked to show identification.

It is a felony to vote more than once or vote under someone else's name.


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