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2,600 ballots counted twice, county reports

COLUMBUS -- Election officials in one Ohio county found that about 2,600 ballots were double-counted, and two other counties have discovered possible cases of people voting twice in the presidential election. Prosecutors were trying to determine yesterday whether charges should be filed against a couple in Madison County accused of voting twice. In addition, Summit County election workers investigated possible double votes found under 18 names. In the other case, Sandusky County election officials discovered that about 2,600 ballots from nine precincts were counted twice, likely because of worker error. (AP)

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Testing is expanded for transport ID cards

The government said yesterday that it is dramatically expanding testing of a high-tech ID system for transportation workers and hopes to have 200,000 people in the program by next June. The biometric identification cards being tested by the Transportation Security Administration allow identities to be verified by matching such physical characteristics as fingerprints, handprints, or eye scans. (AP)

Rice to undergo minor surgery

Condoleezza Rice, nominated to be secretary of state, will undergo a minor surgical procedure at a Washington hospital tomorrow, a spokesman said. Sean McCormack said Rice would remain overnight at the hospital. Rice is having a uterine fibroid embolization, a minimally invasive procedure to block arteries that supply blood to fibroid tumors, he said. (AP)

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