JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - There has been air of distrust among
the black community about the integrity of Duval County's election
process since 2000, when 20,000 ballots were tossed out in the
presidential election that was won by the slimmest of margins.
Eight years later, African-Americans remain sharply skeptical
that a fair election is possible in this northeast Florida city
troubled by a long history of racial strife.
Most of the ballots thrown out in 2000 were from predominantly
black and Democratic precincts, leading to suspicion and mistrust
among black voters that linger still.
Republican George W. Bush beat Democrat Al Gore by 537 votes
statewide, winning the presidency.
There is also the legacy of discrimination against black voters that once dominated the South.