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Now, Ohioans living on a park bench can vote for McCain or Obama

October 29, 2008 |  8:12 am

A park bench like the one you can now live on in Ohio and claim as your voting address

(UPDATE: See below.)

A federal judge ruled this week that Ohioans can cast ballots next Tuesday even if their "residence" is a park bench or street grating.

U.S. District Court Judge Edmund Sargus says that voters, presumably the homeless, need not have an actual address in order to vote and help determine whether Ohio's crucial 20 electoral votes go to the Republican presidential ticket of Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin or the Democratic ticket of Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

The lawsuit was brought by the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, whose attorney claimed that local election officials had made the ridiculous assertion that they needed actual addresses to verify and accept legitimate voters.

(UPDATE: Conan O'Brien on hearing this Ticket news: "“A judge in Ohio has ruled that homeless people are allowed to vote and that they can list their home address as 'a park bench.' Ohio officials say that a park bench may not be the most traditional place to live –- but it’s still a lot nicer than Cleveland.”)

-- Andrew Malcolm

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