Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Dems win round for SoS accountability

A judge has rejected the state’s request to dismiss an Ohio Democratic Party lawsuit that asks the court to order Secretary of State Ken Blackwell to issue directives dealing with voting machine security and long lines at polling places.

Judge Angela White of Franklin County common pleas court ordered parties in the case to submit their final written arguments by Friday in order that she can make a final ruling. She heard initial arguments last month. (See Gongwer Ohio Report, September 29, 2006).

Democrats want Secretary Blackwell to set a consistent policy on voting machine security before, during and after the Nov. 7 election; issue directives and protocols for handling machines in the event they break; and issue directives on how to handle long lines at polling locations.
Sound like a good great idea, especially in light of this story.


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