Democrats to contest formal Ohio electoral vote count

[JURIST] Several House Democrats hope to delay President Bush's formal re-election by preventing Congress from counting Ohio's contested and pivotal electoral votes when it counts the final tally of electoral college votes from across the country Thursday. On November 2 Bush appeared to win the national electoral vote over Democrat John Kerry 286 to 252, although in a so-called "faithless elector" incident" a Minnesota elector presumably cast a write-in ballot for Democratic Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards - actually writing "John Ewards" - in a mid-December state college meeting, reducing Kerry's final electoral votes by one. The objectors, led by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., do not expect to change any results of the election through their challenge, but hope to draw attention to voting day irregularities. The objection still requires a Senate co-signer, which may be problematic in the delicate politics of Congress. A similar objection was raised after the 2000 election, but did not find a co-signer. AP has more.



 

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