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Ohio: federal judge rules punch-card voting does not violate constitution

AP reports: A federal judge has ruled voting rights are not denied to those who cast ballots on systems that use punch cards.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge David D. Dowd Jr. upheld punch-card voting in the nation's first trial challenging that method of voting.

The American Civil Liberties Union argued that punch-card machines are not uniform, are outdated in several counties and don't allow voters to correct mistakes. The ACLU also claimed that Ohio violated the voting rights of blacks, who live predominantly in punch-card counties.

"All voters in a county, regardless of race, use the same voting system to cast a ballot, and no one is denied the opportunity to cast a valid vote because of their race," Dowd said in a 32-page ruling. -- AP Wire | 12/15/2004 | Judge ruled punch-card voting does not deny right to vote