A federal judge today declined to extend a temporary restraining
order against Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb, Libertarian
Michael Badnarik and their legal counsel, the National Voting Rights
Institute, which had been preventing them from seeking a recount of the
presidential vote in Delaware County, Ohio. The judge set a hearing for
Friday at 2:30 p.m., at the U.S. Courthouse in Columbus, Ohio to consider
the matter further.
On November 23, at the request of the Delaware County Board of
Elections, a Delaware County judge issued a temporary restraining order
against David Cobb, Michael Badnarik and the National Voting Rights
Institute, seeking to prevent them from initiating a recount of the
presidential vote in that county.
The state court judge issued the order without first consulting
the candidates or their attorneys.
On November 30, Cobb, Badnarik and the National Voting Rights
Institute asked the federal court to take jurisdiction in the case.
"This is a matter of protecting our rights to participate in the
democratic process and an area in which federal jurisdiction is clearly
appropriate," said Blair Bobier, Media Director for the Cobb-LaMarche
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