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Ohio federal judge rules punch-card voting system fair

[JURIST] A federal judge in Ohio has ruled that the punch-card voting system used in Ohio in 2004 and, notoriously, in Florida in 2000, does not discriminate against voters using it. The ACLU of Ohio had brought a suit arguing that the punch-card system was more error-prone and discriminated against persons using it, many of whom were black (electronic voting systems being more commonly used in white-dominated counties). Ohio plans to replace punch-card voting machines with electronic voting systems in in all counties in 2005. Read the full text of Judge David Dowd's opinion here [PDF]. AP has more.

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