Settlement Made In Ohio Lawsuit From 2004 Election

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that alleged constitutional problems with Ohio's voting procedures in the 2004 election.

The League of Women Voters of Ohio and the Ohio Secretary of State's office reached the federal court settlement Tuesday regarding the election overseen by then-Secretary of State Ken Blackwell.

The lawsuit said long lines and voting machine malfunctions kept people from their right to vote.

The settlement finds no constitutional violations in the 2004 election and orders current Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to conduct future elections in a constitutional manner.

The settlement also requires each county board of elections to submit a plan detailing how it will operate on election day.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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