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GOP Dealt Another Legal Setback

The GOP has been dealt blow after blow in its effort to stall the registration of voters it suspects of being involved in fraudulent registration activity, as Lisa Lerer documented earlier. A Lake County, Illinois judge dealt Republicans another one Monday, the Daily Herald is reporting.

The Illinois Republican Party's legal attempt to stop thousands of Lake County ballots from being counted on Election Day essentially ended Monday when a judge didn't schedule a hearing on the matter.

The GOP complaint focused on the ballots of first-time voters who'd registered with the help of Citizen Action/Illinois, a Chicago activist group it accused of delivering "fraudulent, incomplete or illegitimate" voter applications to the Lake County clerk's office.

The lawsuit sought to have any such ballots segregated as provisional and counted two weeks after Election Day. The GOP also wanted the court to order first-time voters in Lake County to produce identification, a move critics said could've kept some people from voting.

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