Tallahassee Prepares for the Election

So far the state has received media credentialing requests from over 200 people for election night.

Alia Faraj, Department of State Spokesperson, says, "Italian TV, Chinese TV, Japanese TV, people from as far away as Switzerland, Norway."

International interest runs deep. Konrad Olszewski is an elections observer from Poland, here to see if 2004 is any different than four years ago.

Konrad Olszewski says, "We are here focusing on the implementation of the Help America Vote Act to try to see, to assess to what extent the reforms prescribed in the legislation were implemented.”

The herd of satellite trucks that surrounded the Capitol four years ago will now be quarantined a few blocks away. Craig Waters was a familiar site to viewers as he regularly announced court rulings from the steps of the Supreme Court, but after several veiled threats any announcing this time will come behind metal detectors and closed doors.

Tallahassee police say they are ready but do not expect a repeat of the 36 days that followed the 2000 election.

SGT David Fulsom of the Tallahassee Police Department says, "We’ve been working for over a month in planning this operation."

But if the results are prolonged, out of town media face a similar problem from four years ago. A home football game a week from Saturday could force many of them out of their hotels.


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