IN: Republican Poll Workers Removed for Improper Vote Challenges
By Aaron C. Davis
Two Republican elections workers have been removed from an Indianapolis area-polling site for improperly challenging voters on the basis of their party affiliation.
Voters in the battleground state can be challenged on the validity of their address, age or if they lack an ID, but not based on their party affiliation. The two poll workers -- a Republican vote challenger and a clerk -- forced at least three voters to file provisional ballots, said Angie Nussmeyer, spokeswoman for the Marion County Election Board.
The county's bipartisan elections board voted unanimously to remove the two. The Marion County Republican Party reacted with a statement this afternoon saying it was unaware of the improper challenges and had not instructed party workers to do so. "We wish to see all qualified voters vote and find it reprehensible to ever deter a proper voter from voting," read the statement.
Marion County, Ind., went for Sen. John Kerry in 2004 by a margin of 50.6 percent to 48.7 percent for President Bush. Kerry got 6,177 more votes than Bush.
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