In 2004 America must balance the democratic ideal of holding free and open elections with the requirement to protect the security of our electorate, the study found. At stake is more than just the outcome of this year’s voting. The lack of bipartisan consensus at home about the validity of the electoral process creates additional vulnerability to threats from abroad.

The interim report is being issued by the National Center for Critical Incident Analysis (NCCIA) following a symposium in October at the National Defense University in Washington. The study was part of a meeting that included thirty experts on homeland defense, law enforcement, public health, psychology and journalism.

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