One of the critical features of the 2004 general elections was the overwhelming numbers of citizens in many states who were left out of the voting process. Hundreds of Ohioans were left standing in line as the polls closed; elderly minority citizens in Florida were threatened by party operatives in Florida, and thousands of parolees in several states were not informed that their voting rights could be restored by filling out a simple state form. In other states, provisional ballots made mandatory by the 2002 Help America Vote Act were found in trash cans and in some cases, voter registrations were declined because the registration form did not meet state size regulations.
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