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Voteauction to Lose Domain Name

Issue Date: Oct 19 2000

After a court defeat in Illinois, the site that enables people to sell their presidential votes faces a shutdown.

Illinois became the latest state to be excluded from, a Web site that accepts bids for presidential votes, and the auction's days appear numbered, because its domain name registrar is pulling the plug on the URL.

Cook County Circuit Judge Michael J. Murphy on Wednesday approved a preliminary injunction against Voteauction, ordering it to shut down or remove illegal content. The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners filed the order against the site, charging that it violates state and federal laws that forbid voters to sell votes.

The site's owner, based in Europe, could not be reached for comment. suspended Illinois voting registration on the site Thursday. It also cut off registration to New York voters after officials there threatened legal action.

Domain Bank, an accredited domain name registrar in Bethlehem, Pa., that registered the site, has taken steps to place the domain name on hold, in response to a request from the California secretary of state. The address can no longer be accessed on the East Coast and should disappear completely from the Net in the next couple of days, a Domain Bank spokesman said.

Updated 12:38 AM PST

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