Can the next governor even vote?

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Today's Akron Beacon Journal reports that Ken Blackwell will decide whether Ted Strickland should be allowed to vote in the Nov. 7 election, in which both Blackwell and Strickland are competing for governor. Last week, a Columbiana County resident -- i.e. Republican operative -- filed a complaint challenging Strickland's right to vote in his congressional district. The challenge claims that Strickland, who rents a home in Columbiana, actually lives in Columbus. Though it's not unusual for congressmen to split their time between multiple homes, when the Board of Elections voted on the legitimacy of the challenge, it tied along party lines, of course. Now it's up to Secretary of State Blackwell to break the stalemate. You know where this is going. If Blackwell sides with the challenger, Strickland will be barred from voting at all, since it's too late for him to change his registration. -- Denise Grollmus

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