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Jeb Warns of Massive Democrat Vote Effort

Sunday, 03 November 2002 12:00 AM

''My opponent is organizing hard,'' Bush told a crowd in Florida’s Panama City.

``Millions of dollars from outside the state are coming into his campaign. Hundreds of people are organizing the get-out-the-vote effort in South Florida.''

''President Clinton is coming in for two days to mobilize their base,'' Bush said late last week.

Already, DNC chief Terry McAuliffe has said winning the Florida governorship was among his highest priorities.

Though Bush edges out McBride in the latest polls, the Democrats are organizing a massive voter turnout program.

Bill Clinton arrived Saturday into Miami for a massive rally with McBride and Janet Reno.

The Miami Herald reports that polls can be wrong here in Florida and that political "strategists say that those polls do not account for their ability to encourage nontraditional voters to cast ballots.”

Already, the Democrats have launched a massive program to get black voters to vote early.

The Herald reports that "early voting has allowed civil rights activists and black church leaders to organize bus trips to help people vote. On Sunday, following church, as many as 80 buses carrying 60 people each will carry loyal Democrats from the Miami Arena to the county government center, where polls are scheduled to be open.” In recent days, McBride has sought to woo Black voters, who were reluctant to come out for him after their candidate, Janet Reno, lost in the primary.

''My friends are Carrie Meek and Janet Reno,'' McBride told a black audience on a major radio talk show this week.

Reno and Rep. Carrie Meek have come out swinging for McBride, and even went to court late last week to block conservatives who support from Bush from monitoring voting at polling places Tuesday.

And there is more than a whiff of potential vote fraud games set for Election day.

Already, authorities in the Orlando area are investigating tens of thousands of absentee ballots that were sent out to Hispanic voters. And this week, Gov Bush turned down a request from Broward County (Fort Lauderdale) Supervisor of Elections Miriam Oliphant to keep polls open later on Election Day.

Oliphant also asked in a letter to Secretary of State Jim Smith to allow the county to use provisional paper ballots as an emergency backup if lines grow too long.

Apparently, leading Democrat Congressmen, including Reps. Peter Deutsch, D-Pembroke Pines, and Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, have prompted that request.

And Friday, Janet Reno sought an emergency injunction from a Democrat judge to prevent the Emergency Committee to Stop Bill McBride from sending vote monitors to polling places on Tuesday.

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