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District 45 Case Recessed (Nov 20, 2012)

(ECapitol) - Cleveland County District Judge Tracy Schumacher recessed the hearing Tuesday into irregularities in the House District 45 election until Nov. 30. The recess came after more than three hours of testimony.

Much of Tuesday’s testimony came from Cleveland County Election Board Assistant Secretary Annette Priddy in response to questions from Gregory Bledsoe, an attorney for Democratic candidate Paula Roberts, about a series of provisional ballots that were not counted in the election. Four of the ballots, Priddy testified, came from voters who cast a provisional ballot because they did not have proper identification and their ballot was rejected because the address listed on the ballot affidavit was different from the address at which they were registered. Using the state’s voter registration system, Priddy verified the remainder of the voters’ information.

Bledsoe suggested that absent the state’s voter identification law, which requires voters to show a valid photo ID issued by either the state, federal or tribal government, the voters would have been allowed to cast regular ballots and the election board would not have disqualified the ballots because the residence difference. “Ms. Roberts is probably the casualty of the voter identification law,” said Bledsoe.

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