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Ohio: appeals court stops hearing on Strickland's residency

AP reports: A state appeals court on Monday ordered the Columbiana County Board of Elections to cancel its planned Tuesday hearing on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland's right to vote based on a challenge to his residency.

Strickland on Friday filed a lawsuit with the 7th Ohio District Court of Appeals in Youngstown, naming his Republican opponent Ken Blackwell in his role as secretary of state. Blackwell's office had ordered the county board of elections to hold the hearing.

The lawsuit, which also names the board, sought to block the hearing, saying it was ordered 13 days after the challenge to Strickland's residency was filed - beyond a 10-day window in which the state was required to act.

In it's ruling, the appeals court gave Blackwell and others named in the lawsuit until Thursday to challenge the decision. -- AP Wire | 10/23/2006 | Court won't allow hearing on Strickland's residency

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