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January 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush's reelection campaign asked the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court in Columbus to throw out a challenge of the election in the swing state, saying the case resembled "a poorly drafted script for a late-night conspiracy-theory movie." Thirty-seven voters who filed the challenge are asking Chief Justice Thomas Moyer to set aside the election results because of voting irregularities.
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December 29, 2004 | From Associated Press
Election officials finished the presidential recount in Ohio on Tuesday, with the final tally shaving about 300 votes from President Bush's six-figure margin of victory in the state that gave him a second term. The recount shows Bush winning Ohio by 118,457 votes over Democratic candidate Sen. John F. Kerry, according to unofficial results provided by the 88 counties. Lucas County, home to Toledo, was the last to finish counting.
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December 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Voters who claim that problems with voting machines Nov. 2 indicated fraud refiled a request with the Ohio Supreme Court in Columbus to overturn the presidential results. The 37 voters cite reports of machine errors, double-counting of some ballots and a shortage of voting machines in predominantly minority precincts as reasons to throw out the election results.
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December 17, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Ohio Supreme Court's chief justice on Thursday threw out a challenge to the state's presidential election results. A lawyer for the voters bringing the case said he would refile the challenge. Chief Justice Thomas Moyer ruled that the request improperly challenged two separate election results. Ohio law allows only one race to be challenged in a single complaint, he said. The challenge was backed by the Rev.
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December 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
In a scene reminiscent of Florida circa 2000, two teams of Republican and Democratic election workers held punch-card ballots up to the light Wednesday and whispered back and forth as they tried to divine the voters' intent from a few hanging chads. Observers for the presidential campaigns of John F. Kerry, President Bush and Green Party candidate David Cobb kept watch from chairs a few feet away.
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December 12, 2004 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
Clifford Arnebeck won't let it go. He can't let it go. Not, he says, while America refuses to recognize that John F. Kerry was elected president Nov. 2. Arnebeck, a Democratic lawyer here and co-chairman of a self-styled national populist alliance, is petitioning the state's highest court to throw out official results that favor President Bush and instead hand Ohio's 20 electoral votes -- and thus the White House -- to Kerry. Or, at least, order a revote.
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December 8, 2004 | Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer
While President Bush secured his reelection with a 119,000-vote victory in Ohio, voting-rights advocates dwelled Tuesday on a statistic they said told another story -- more than 414,000 calls to national hotlines established to monitor complaints and compile eyewitness observations about the Nov. 2 vote. Among those calls, according to a new report from the Common Cause Education Fund, were many accounts from Ohio.
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December 7, 2004 | From Associated Press
This battleground state Monday certified President Bush's 119,000-vote victory over Sen. John F. Kerry, even as the Kerry campaign and third-party candidates prepared to demand a statewide recount. The president won Ohio with 2.86 million votes, or 51%, to Kerry's 2.74 million votes, or 49%. The 118,775-vote lead was closer than the unofficial election night margin of 136,000, but not enough to trigger a mandatory recount.
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December 5, 2004 | Associated Press
About 400 protesters gathered outside the Statehouse on Saturday to support a recount of the presidential election in Ohio and call for an investigation into election day irregularities. Speakers addressing the crowd alleged that many voters were the victims of a fraud in which votes intended for Sen. John F. Kerry were given to President Bush.
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December 2, 2004 | From Associated Press
Ohio counties finished certifying votes in the Nov. 2 presidential election Wednesday, and the results showed that officials accepted about 77% of the provisional ballots that were cast. Ohio's 88 counties reported validating 121,598 provisional ballots from 156,977 checked, according to an Associated Press tabulation. The deadline for counties to certify election results was Wednesday. Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell plans to certify the final result Monday.
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