Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
Lawsuit Targets Blackwell as Elections Chief
Ohio activists say they don’t want Secretary of State Ken Blackwell overseeing November’s general election.
They’ve filed a civil-rights lawsuit claiming Blackwell deprived people of their voting rights during the 2004 presidential election. Specific accusations include: distributing fewer voting machines in black neighborhoods, purging voter registrations and disproportionately assigning provisional ballots to blacks.
Blackwell, a Republican candidate for governor, calls the lawsuit “frivolous” and “political.” He says it’s not so much an attack on him, as on Ohio’s elections process.
A spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party says it wants Blackwell to stop setting rules that affect his own campaign.