[JURIST] US District Judge Susan Dlott has issued a temporary order preventing elections boards in six Ohio counties from hearing challenges filed by the Ohio Republican Party against newly registered voters. Ohio Democrats had argued that the hearings to verify the residency of new voters would violate the National Voter Registration Act and voters' due process rights. Ohio Republicans, suspecting fraud, called for hearings to verify residency of new voters who had been sent mail that was returned as undeliverable. The US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio will hold a preliminary injunction hearing in the case on Friday. Read the court's order [PDF] granting a temporary restraining order and the court's press release [PDF]. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the challenges and Thursday's Columbus Dispatch has more.... An Iowa judge has said that a lawsuit filed by Republican voters, challenging a determination by Iowa Secretary of State Chet Culver that provisional ballots could be counted, was filed prematurely. Judge Arthur Gamble said that the plaintiffs must wait until after Culver issues his final election rules Thursday to proceed in the case. AP has more.