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From Beacon Journal

Posted on Fri, Sep. 01, 2006


U.S. Judge Strikes Down Parts of Ohio Election Law

By Lisa A. Abraham
Beacon Journal staff writer

CLEVELAND - A federal judge in Cleveland this afternoon struck down portions of the new state election law, ruling they would have a chilling effect on voter registration.

U.S. District Judge Kathleen O'Malley granted a preliminary injunction that prohibits enforcement of sections of House Bill 3, the election measure that went into effect earlier this year.

The case was brought against Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell by numerous groups involved in statewide voter registration efforts.

They contend that Blackwell's interpretation of the law is unconstitutional and violates federal law.

They are challenging Blackwell's requiring those who want to register voters to:

• register online first.

• return personally all registration cards to local boards of election.

• sign voter registration cards and give the name of their employers.

O'Malley ruled that those provisions of the law cannot be enforced. She also ordered Blackwell to change his Web site within five days.

She suggested that new voter registration cards be printed that comply with her ruling.


Lisa A. Abraham can be reached at 330-996-3737 or


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