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Election Officials Defend Their Partisan Status

December 12, 2012

This campaign cycle, even election rules were grounds for partisan fighting.†Republican Ken Detzner, Florida?s secretary of state, attempted a purge of the voter rolls, prompting accusations of discrimination. In Colorado, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, also a Republican, tinkered with a similar effort. Pennsylvania?s Secretary of the Commonwealth Carole Aichele, another Republican appointed by Governor Tom Corbett, openly supported the state?s voter-ID law. Most famously, there was Jon Husted, Ohio?s Republican secretary of state, whose decision to limit early-voting hours to keep them consistent across the state prompted cries of outrage.

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