Appeals Court Rules Challenges Will Be Permitted At Ohio Polls
Ohio Republicans won an appeals court victory late last night which clears the way "for challengers to be present at polling places in Ohio" according to the AP . The three-judge panel of the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals "ruled 2-1 to grant emergency stays of two federal judges' orders Monday that barred political parties' voter challengers in Ohio. The judges also consolidated the two cases." NBC Nightly News reported it was the "the torrent of new voters, 800,000 to 1 million, that has Republicans worried about potential voter fraud." Mark Weaver, Ohio Republican Party: "You have more paperwork and identification shown to cash a check at a supermarket than you do to walk in and vote in Ohio." To "ensure only eligible voters cast ballots, the Republicans want to use a little-used state law allowing political parties to put challengers in polling places who can question a voter's credentials. Democrats say Republicans are just trying to suppress the vote."
Rain In Ohio Forecast As Voters Prepare To Decide Tight Race.
The Washington Times reports Ohio is "bracing for its closest presidential election ever." The "final Columbus Dispatch poll showed a mere eight-vote gap in a survey of almost 3,000 voters, while phalanxes of lawyers from both parties stand poised to challenge the results and demand recounts." Another variable "is the weather. Heavy rain is forecast for much of the state today, and gloomy skies normally mean a gloomy turnout for Democrats."