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January 13, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The state Supreme Court dismissed a challenge in Columbus to the presidential election in light of last week's certification of the electoral vote and the coming inauguration of President Bush. A lawyer for the plaintiffs, a group of 37 voters, had moved to drop the lawsuit, saying it is now moot. The high court agreed without comment to dismiss it.
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January 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
Voters challenging the presidential election results in the Ohio Supreme Court asked to drop their lawsuit Tuesday, saying it was moot with last week's certification of the electoral vote and the upcoming inauguration of President Bush. Citing fraud, lawyers representing 37 voters on Nov. 2 had asked the court to examine several problems with voting procedures in the hopes of overturning Bush's victory in the state.
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January 7, 2005 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
To call attention to voting problems, California Sen. Barbara Boxer and an Ohio congresswoman forced a delay of the ceremonial count of electoral votes Thursday in a joint session of Congress called to certify President Bush's reelection victory. The protests lodged by Boxer and Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, both Democrats, spurred House and Senate debates on voting problems in Ohio, the state that decided November's election.
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January 6, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee protested President Bush's reelection with a new report claiming serious election irregularities and "significant disenfranchisement" of voters in Ohio. The report by Rep. John Conyers of Michigan says Congress should challenge the electoral college vote when it is tallied today in the House and investigate all claims of voter problems in Ohio.
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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 15, 2004 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
The generation-long political retreat of Democrats across the South is disintegrating into a rout. President Bush dominated the South so completely in last month's presidential election that he carried nearly 85% of all the counties across the region -- and more than 90% of counties where whites are a majority of the population, according to a Times analysis of election results and census data.
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