Election Lawsuits Emerge in Ohio, NH

GOP contests provisional-ballot issues in Ohio; judge sides with party on observers in NH
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2008 5:33 PM CST
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(Newser) – The Ohio GOP is suing the state over rules concerning provisional ballots, the Toledo Blade reports, in an atmosphere tense enough that Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has been assigned extra security following death threats. The GOP amended an extant suit to challenge instructions that county boards of election could review ballots. It alleges that such counts “will inevitably result in disparate, county-by-county rules.”

In New Hampshire, meanwhile, a judge ruled in favor of a Republican suit charging that its observers had not been given proper access to same-day voter registration tables, the Manchester Union Leader reports. The judge said observers from all parties must be allowed near enough “to see and hear” interactions. (Read more Election 2008 stories.)