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11/01/2004 Archived Entry: "Nobody Likes A Sore Loser"

I said that Republicans (the Ultracons in particular) would be sore losers. Some have written me and asked how I have come to this conclusion. Some of it is through personal experience - my father in particular, some neighbors, lurking around the Ultracon boards, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh... the list goes on. There were those nasty rumors about voter "monitors" from the Replicant Party, confirmed by the latest from the AP Wire - this really curdles my blood:

CINCINNATI - A federal judge issued an order early Monday barring political party challengers from polling places throughout Ohio during Tuesday's election. State Republicans planned to appeal.
U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott found that the application of Ohio's statute allowing challengers at polling places is unconstitutional.

She said the presence of challengers inexperienced in the electoral process questioning voters about their eligibility would impede voting.

Mark Weaver, lawyer for the Ohio Republican Party, called the ruling erroneous and said the party would ask the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to overturn it.

Dlott ruled on a lawsuit by a black Cincinnati couple who said Republican plans to deploy challengers to largely black precincts in Hamilton County was meant to intimidate and block black voters.

Republicans said they wanted to prevent voter fraud.

Dlott said in her order that the evidence "does not indicate that the presence of additional challengers would serve Ohio's interest in preventing voter fraud better than would the system of election judges."

Teaches us that being the 'voice of reason' may have a price. Watch yer back. -HP

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