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Still No Definite Word On Recall

A three-judge panel in San Jose has decided to wait until September 5 before deciding whether to delay the October 7 recall election because of alleged Voting Rights Act violations.

The hearing was scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Friday

Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit asserting that the election´s hurry-up timeframe is forcing California counties to change their voting plans in ways that disenfranchise minority voters — and that those changes require federal approval.

The U.S. Department of Justice must pre-clear any revisions to the voting process in Monterey and three other California counties with a history of low voter participation.

Unless federal lawyers approve Monterey County´s plan to pull off the vote on short notice by consolidating some polling places, the judges could delay the election, perhaps to the March presidential primary.