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Tuesday, November 8
Election Night 2005
It's been a lively off-year election season, here in Ohio and elsewhere. Here are some of the highlights from the day:

- In Ohio, the Reform Ohio Now measures (Issues 2, 3, 4 and 5) all appear to be going down to defeat. The measures would have instituted no-fault absentee voting, lower campaign contribution limits, independent redistricting, and independent election administration. The feed from the Secretary of State's website can be found here. Also, there have been some scattered problems reported with new voting machines in some Ohio counties.

- In Massachusetts, the ACLU and other civil rights groups went into court to stop alleged voting rights violations in Lawrence, MA, but their motion to extend or postpone the election was denied. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Latino voters, who alleged that more than half the city's voters -- a disproportionate number Latinos -- were placed on "inactive" status without notice. Plaintiffs' TRO motion may be found here.

- The U.S. Department of Justice has sent election observers to 16 jurisdictions in 7 states. Among them are San Diego, CA; Boston, MA; and Kings, New York.

- More bad news for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He showed up at his polling place in Brentwood, CA today, only to be told that he'd already voted according to this L.A. Times report. The governor's staff was first told that he'd have to cast a provisional ballot ... but in fact he was allowed to cast a regular ballot. Would that all voters were treated the same way. No news just yet on the fate of Proposition 77, the independent redistricting initiative backed by the Governator, but results will be posted here.

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