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Third-party presidential candidates file suit to force recount in Ohio

[JURIST] Two third-party presidential candidates have filed a federal lawsuit in the US District Court in Toledo to force a recount in Ohio. The candidates are not interested in overturning President Bush's victory but instead are concerned with continuing reports of voter irregularities. Dan Trevas, spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party, said the party intends to join the recount request after the secretary of state certified the results, which is expected on December 6. Keith Cunningham, director of the Allen County Board of Elections and incoming president of the Ohio Association of Election Officials, feels the lawsuit is frivolous and is considering mobilizing counties around the state to resist any recount. Read the Ohio Democratic Party's press release announcing the intention to seek a recount here. Read the complaint in Anita Rios v. Blackwell here [PDF] and other important documents related to the lawsuit here. AP has more.

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