Philly sleaze stakes


Heather Havrilesky
November 3, 2004 6:10AM (UTC)

MSNBC is reporting that "potentially tens of thousands" of absentee ballots in Pennsylvania may not be counted tonight.

"The Republican party went to Federal Judge William Yohn late this morning," reported Rosalind Jordan of MSNBC, "and said that the Philadelphia Board of Elections did not provide the party with a complete and accurate list of people who had obtained an absentee ballot so that they could go ahead and try to challenge people at the polls for perhaps voting twice. The judge, after hearing a discussion about it all afternoon decided that there could be a problem here so he has issued a temporary restraining order, meaning that none of the absentee ballots that were cast as of 8 o' clock Eastern time will be included in tonight's unofficial tally of the vote in the entire commonwealth of Pennsylvania."

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Heather Havrilesky

Heather Havrilesky is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine, The Awl and Bookforum, and is the author of the memoir "Disaster Preparedness." You can also follow her on Twitter at @hhavrilesky.

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