29 October 2004

Ohio GOP Loses Bid to Fight Registrations

Andrew Welsh-Huggins - AP - Oct 29, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A federal appeals court Friday blocked the Republicans from contesting more than 20,000 voter registrations in Ohio before Election Day.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati turned down several GOP appeals of a lower court judge's order that stopped hearings on the contested registrations.

The action could mean the hearings might never take place, since they must be held within two days of the election, the Republicans said. The lower court judge was considering Friday whether to make her temporary order permanent.

Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro and the Ohio Republican Party said they would not pursue any further appeals.


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