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|Tue, 11-02-2004 - 1:47am|
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Here's the latest breaking news out of Cincinnati/Hamilton County, Ohio.....
Nov 2, 2:00 AM EST
Court OKs Voter Challengers at Ohio Polls
By TERRY KINNEY
Associated Press Writer
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A federal appeals court has cleared the way for challengers to be present at polling places in Ohio, ruling early Tuesday that their presence on Election Day is allowed under state law.
A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to grant emergency stays of two federal judges' orders Monday that barred political parties' voter challengers in Ohio. The judges also consolidated the two cases.
The court said that while there is a strong public interest in letting registered voters vote freely, there is also "strong public interest in permitting legitimate statutory processes to operate to preclude voting by those who are not entitled to vote."
The judges also said that smooth and effective administration of the voting laws means that the rules can't be changed in the hours immediately preceding the election.
The dissent said the citizens of Ohio have the right to vote without the "threat of suppression, intimidation or chaos sown by partisan political operatives."
Republicans wanted to put challengers in many polling places because of concerns about fraud with hundreds of thousands of newly registered voters in a state President Bush and Sen. John Kerry both say they need to win.