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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Iowa Independent: Students face ballot challenges in battleground district

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

Republican attorneys challenged the absentee ballots of 50 Grinnell
College students today, an act that could have an impact on the battle
for control of the Iowa House of Representatives. The students in
question reside in Iowa House District 75, where a heated campaign is
being waged between incumbent Democrat Eric Palmer and Republican
Danny Carroll. In 2004, the same matchup was decided by a little more
than 300 votes -- in Carroll's favor. Palmer won by a slightly larger
margin in their 2006 rematch. Grinnell students have a long history of
supporting Democratic candidates. The elimination of 50 votes could
tip the balance of the election to Carroll. Poweshiek County Auditor
Diana Dawley said the ballots were challenged on the grounds that the
students do not reside at the address they listed when they registered
to vote.

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