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Justice Dept. Says Threat Is Not Issue for Election

The Justice Department has no plans to examine federal laws or legal precedents to determine whether the Nov. 2 presidential election might be rescheduled because of the threat of a terrorist attack, department officials said this week. The Department of Homeland Security had asked the Justice Department to review the law regarding an election delay, a step reported Sunday in Newsweek. The magazine said the homeland security secretary, Tom Ridge, had been urged to make the request by DeForest B. Soaries Jr., chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, which was established after the November 2000 elections to help states with logistical issues. Mr. Soaries wrote a letter saying that the New York Board of Elections had suspended primary elections in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, after the terrorist attacks that morning. “Unlike New York, the federal government has no agency that has the statutory authority to cancel and reschedule a federal election,” Mr. Soaries said. Full Story

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