Dallas County Loses Election Dispute

Tuesday, Dec 22, 2009  |  Updated 9:30 AM CDT
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Dallas County Loses Election Dispute

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The Texas secretary of state is also reviewing the ruling.

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Dallas County will review a ruling that says federal law was broken when the Justice Department was not told about changes in the way straight-party votes are counted.

The dispute involves electronic voting machines.

A three-judge panel granted an injunction, sought by the state Democratic Party, that bars Dallas County from using the machines until Justice Department clearance is given.

The 2008 lawsuit was filed after a recount favored Republican incumbent Linda Harper-Brown over Democrat Bob Romano in a Texas House race.

The Texas secretary of state's office is also studying the ruling.

County attorney Leon Carter declined immediate comment.

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie called the ruling, made public Monday, a "victory for Texas voters and their right to cast a vote that counts."

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