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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

 1:40 PM 

GAB agrees that redistricting doesn't apply to Senate recall elections

The Government Accountability Board this afternoon unanimously voted in favor of a resolution stipulating that new legislative boundaries would not apply to recall or special elections held before next fall's election cycle.

The vote affirms the position of GAB staff set forth in a memo last month.

GAB Director Kevin Kennedy said the use of the new boundaries in the spring election cycle and the current lines in potential Senate recall elections could cause headaches for election officials.

But the board agreed with Judge Timothy Vocke, who argued, "If it's going to be fixed, it should be the Legislature that fixes it."

The board also voted to recognize tech colleges IDs as acceptable under the state's new voter ID law. But it declined to take up a staff recommendation to rescind an earlier ruling that stickers could be affixed to student IDs to satisfy voter ID requirements.

-- By Andy Szal

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