The New Southern Political Landscape, the Black Vote, and Election Reform: Which Will Be Key to Victory in 2004?

Campbell, Melanie
June 2004
Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy;Summer2004, Vol. 10, p21
Academic Journal
Many political strategists have written off the South for the 2004 presidential election; they list 17 battleground states (only one of them Southern) with the perceived power to decide the ultimate outcome of the election in November Others predict that African Americans and other minorities have the power if they turn out in large numbers. In 2000 our nation's greatest civics lesson revealed that whose votes are counted is even more significant to victory. This article explores these factors and reflects on whether our nation has put in the safeguards and reforms required to ensure that all eligible votes count and will be counted


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