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IA: GOP Challenges Some Student Ballots

By Joby Warrick
Republicans in southeastern Iowa are asking a local election board to reject the ballots of 50 college students because they didn't fill out the paperwork properly.

The challenge is being mounted against students at Grinnell College, a private liberal-arts school east of Des Moines, who were attempting to vote by absentee ballot. Local Republican officials flagged the ballots as invalid because the students listed the college's general mailing address as their residence. GOP leaders say the students should have used their individual campus addresses instead.

Students and some college officials are upset over the challenge, and some have accused the GOP of trying to deny them their right to vote. They say the same procedure was used in filling out absentee ballots in the past, and no one complained.

A hearing has been set for Thursday to decide the matter.

By Washington Post editors  |  November 4, 2008; 5:58 PM ET
Categories:  50 States , B_Blog  
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Comments

Bend the rules in Virginia,
Strict enforcement in Iowa.

Typical republicans.

Posted by: edlharris | November 4, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Recently McCain complained Acorn was engaging in voter registration fraud (note: not voter fraud) that could destroy the very fabric of our democracy.

How ironic it is that starting with the republicans stealing of the 2000 election it has been a major campaign tactic of the Republican Party to use every conceivable method - legal or illegal - to purge the voting lists wherever the Democratic Party appears strong!

Is it any wonder McCain has trashed any semblance of his former straight-shooter reputation?

Shame on you John! So sad!

Posted by: apspa1 | November 4, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Didn't dot an i or cross a t? An apparent Obama voter? REJECT!

Posted by: michael4 | November 4, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

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