Judge in Ohio Tells Counties to
Preserve 2004 Ballots
The Associated Press
Friday 08 September 2006
Columbus, Ohio - A judge ordered Ohio's county elections boards on Thursday to preserve ballots from the 2004 presidential election, a move activists hope will help prove accusations of fraud.
Federal law requires the counties to keep the ballots for 22 months after the election, which was this week.
The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by plaintiffs including the Ohio Voter Rights Alliance for Democracy and the head of a Columbus neighborhood association that accuses Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell of depriving many blacks of the right to vote in 2004 by distributing fewer voting machines per person in black neighborhoods.
The suit seeks to remove Mr. Blackwell, a Republican, from overseeing the coming Nov. 7 election.