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Lott Cites Election Reform

January 12, 2002

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott says he and Majority Leader Tom Daschle have agreed that the first legislation the Senate will address when it reconvenes will be an election reform bill.

Senators in December unveiled a $3.4 billion, five-year proposal to update voting systems and prevent voter fraud. The House has passed a similar measure to give states $2.6 billion.

The issue has divided Republicans and Democrats since balloting problems in Florida delayed the 2000 presidential election. The House vote came exactly a year after the Supreme Court halted a recount of Florida votes, effectively deciding the election in George W. Bush’s favor.

In a meeting Friday with The Associated Press, Lott, R-Miss., said he spoke with Daschle, D-S.D., this week. Lott said he believes the Senate can pass the legislation in two or three days after it reconvenes Jan. 23.

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