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Update on possible lawsuits in Ohio, elsewhere

[JURIST] [JURIST Election Special] 7:53 AM ET - Election law specialists say Republicans or Democrats could file more vote-related lawsuits Wednesday. The threshold question in the Ohio race is whether there are enough votes in question to jeopardize the lead President Bush holds over Senator Kerry in the state. Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell said early Wednesday that the number of provisional ballots in the state could be as high as 250,000, or much lower. Jennifer Palmieri, a spokeswoman for Kerry in Ohio, said: "We think that a good bit of those voters will be our voters." The Bush campaign has dismissed this claim as "desperate." AP has more.

Meanwhile, lawyers sent by the parties to other battleground states had very little to do, as the voting process there was relatively uneventful. In Florida, as noted earlier in JURIST's Paper Chase, the American Civil Liberties Union asked that Florida absentee ballots mailed within the United States be subject to the same deadline, Nov. 12, as overseas ballots.In Pennsylvania, Republicans went to federal court Tuesday to get a list of everyone who received an absentee ballot and to ask for more time to investigate whether any absentee ballots are illegitimate.

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