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ACLU Challenging Recall Election

The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the recall election in California.

The ACLU today sued in federal court to block the contest, saying six counties with large minority populations would have to use old, unreliable punch card machines. The group´s attorney called the October 7 contest “a fiasco in the waiting.”

One of the counties named is Los Angeles, which has four million voters. It is the largest voting public in one county in the nation. History shows urban voters are more likely to vote Democratic.

Lawyers for Governor Gray Davis have made a similar argument in their challenges in state courts. Davis also objects to the smaller number of polling places that will be opened to handle the election.