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Election watch ~ Ohio GOP threatens suit over rejected voter challenges

[JURIST] The Ohio Republican Party has threatened to sue county elections boards that reject the party's voter registration challenges because the challenges were improperly filed. Franklin and other Ohio counties have rejected some of the GOP challenges to newly registered voters because the incorrect precinct for the voter was listed, but Ohio GOP Chairman Robert Bennett said that a voter's name and address should be enough to determine whether the voter lives where they are registered. Bennett also threatened court action against boards that take a different view. Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell is expected to issue a directive Tuesday that will provide county boards guidelines on handling the challenges. The Ohio Republican party has more on their voter fraud initiative and JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the challenges. The Columbus Dispatch has more.... A New Jersey judge is expected to rule Tuesday on whether electronic voting machines can be used in next week's election. New Jersey voting advocacy groups have challenged the use of the machines, saying they are vulnerable to errors and fraud. Paper Chase has background on the lawsuit and WABC has more.... Iowa Republicans filed suit Monday to stop state election officials from counting provisional votes cast in the wrong precinct. The lawsuit challenges the opinion [PDF] of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller that Iowans who vote in the correct county but wrong precinct should have their votes for president and Congress counted. Polk County District Judge Arthur Gamble has scheduled a Wednesday hearing in the case. The Des Moines Register has more. Ohio State's Moritz College of Law has additional background.

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