The Ohio Secretary of State has set up a situation in which a person can register to vote and vote via an absentee ballot at the same time.
Talk about a recipe for fraud!!!
Well the GOP challenged it in court, but the court said that it was legal… then the voting began, and the only office verifying that the people that were voting were eligible was Brunner’s and they were refusing to release the eligible voter lists to anyone else, including the county elections boards!!!
So the GOP freaked (DUH!) and went to court again…
And so now from The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is breaking federal law by not giving county elections boards the chance to determine whether new voter registrations are fraudulent, a federal judge ruled tonight.
It is hard to imagine a public interest more compelling than safeguarding the legitimacy of the election of the president of the United States,” said Judge George C. Smith of U.S. District Court in Columbus, in upholding the Ohio Republican Party’s request for a court order.
Smith, appointed by President Reagan, said the Help America Vote Act requires states not only to verify the identity of newly registered voters with the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the federal Social Security Administration, but to provide counties with the names of new voters whose records did not match.
Brunner’s office had been doing the verification but had not made the names available to county elections boards. The judge gave her a week to comply….
Brunner’s office said she is filing an immediate appeal with the 6th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Smith said speed is necessary because next Thursday is the deadline to challenge absentee voters; on Oct. 25 elections workers can remove ballots from envelopes that contain the only identifying information about who cast them.
He specifically cited questionable activity of one group that registered thousands of new Ohio voters: the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.
Ohio Republican Party Deputy Chairman Kevin DeWine said the ruling spoke volumes about Brunner, a Democrat.
“Her refusal to comply with federal law raises serious concerns about her ability to objectively oversee this election. It’s especially troubling in light of her connection to ACORN and that group’s stunning confession this week of fraudulent registration activity happening right here in Ohio,” he said.
Republicans say Democrat Barack Obama has “strong ties” to ACORN, serving in the past as an attorney and “leadership trainer” for the group.