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Obama Files Suit Over Voting Rights in Michigan

Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign has filed a class-action lawsuit against state Republicans alleging that the party is hoping to prevent voters who are in the midst

Rian Mcconnell
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Sep 16, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign has filed a class-action lawsuit against state Republicans alleging that the party is hoping to prevent voters who are in the midst of a foreclosure from voting.

Reporter Eartha Melzer of our sister site Michigan Messenger broke the story that triggered the suit, quoting the state party chair James Carabelli, who said purging such voters would be part of the state’s strategy:

“We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren’t voting from those addresses,” party chairman James Carabelli told Michigan Messenger in a telephone interview earlier this week. He said the local party wanted to make sure that proper electoral procedures were followed.

The story has hit a nerve in a state that’s been beaten hit badly by the foreclosure crisis.

Rian Mcconnell | Rian is a Villanova University graduate who was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia with a medical degree. His residency was at Thomas Jefferson and its associated Wills Eye Hospital, and he finished his education with fellowships in cataract and corneal surgery at the University of Connecticut. He has a vast experience in ophthalmic surgery, with a focus on cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, and laser refractive procedures. He serves on the board of Vision Health International, an agency that provides eye care and surgery to indigent patients in Central and South America, in addition to his surgical practice.

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