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NEWSFLASH: Dirty Tricks In Ohio & More

A SERIES OF SNAPSHOTS FROM ACROSS THE NET CONCERNING THE RACE IN OHIO. INCLUDED IN THE NARRATIVE ARE:
- A REPUBLICAN EFFORT TO SHUT DOWN THE VOTE IN OHIO;
- 1 MILLION UNCOUNTED ABSENTEE BALLOTS IN FLORIDA;
- SOME STRANGE RESULTS IN A DIEBOLD OHIO COUNTY.

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From Democratic Underground

Some posters are pointing to an abnormal 4600 votes to Green Party David Cobb in Lucas County as possible evidence of possible electronic voting fraud.

See… Ohio's Official Results Page:
http://election.sos.state.oh.us/results/RaceDetail.aspx?race=PP

Note: Lucas County uses Diebold vote counting equipment

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From Josh Marshall's Talkingpontsmemo.com

(November 02, 2004 -- 11:01 PM EST)
Now hearing very conflicting word about the legal situation on the ground in Ohio. Will report when we know more.
-- Josh Marshall
(November 02, 2004 -- 10:40 PM EST)
Why no more network coverage of the flurry of lawsuits across Ohio? This is what the election is coming down to. And it's not being reported. Interviews with party chairs, no coverage of where the election is being decided.
-- Josh Marshall
(November 02, 2004 -- 10:31 PM EST)
Across the board the story is the same in Ohio, a lawsuit strategy from Republicans is causing delays and shutdowns in precincts that remained open to allow people who were already in line to vote. Lawsuits create delays; folks leave.
-- Josh Marshall
(November 02, 2004 -- 09:52 PM EST)
What we're hearing is that Florida is too close to call. In Ohio, the GOP is pulling out all the stops, frankly, to steal it in the courts, trying to get courts to stop voting for people who were already in line when the polls closed, ruling against provisional ballots, the whole nine yards. It's wall to wall ugly.

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From Daily Kos

Ohio is not out of contention, not as long as the urban areas (like Cuyahoga county) fail to report in. My brother, who has been crunching numbers all night (he likes math), makes a persuassive case that Bush will have a 20K lead in Ohio without absentees after all urban precincts report. The absentees would decide the race.

Florida won't be called tonight, not without so many absentee ballots outstanding (1 million). I don't feel good about Florida, but those absentees are mostly from Dem areas according to MSNBC. It's not over.

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From Kevin Drum

LAWYERS CONVERGING ON OHIO....It sounds like Ohio is about to become ground zero for the legal profession of America. I think we're about to find out how many lawyers can dance on the head of a ballot marker.

(continuing)

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