JUDGES DO THE TALKING TODAY….The Justice Department has granted “pre-clearance” for the recall election to the four counties that require it. That’s one court case out of the way.

Meanwhile, in the ACLU case, the judge said he would require “convincing evidence” that punch-card ballots were unfair and said he would hand down a ruling by Wednesday. If he clears the election, I think that’s the final judicial hurdle (although the ACLU might appeal, of course).