Supreme Court Okays New Ohio Registrants

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected a suit brought by Ohio Republicans to challenge hundreds of thousands of new registrants. AP: Ohio Republicans contended ...
by | October 17, 2008

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected a suit brought by Ohio Republicans to challenge hundreds of thousands of new registrants. AP:

Ohio Republicans contended the information for counties would help prevent fraud. [Secretary of State Jennifer] Brunner said the GOP is trying to disenfranchise voters.

In a brief unsigned opinion, the justices said they were not commenting on whether Ohio is complying with a provision of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 that lays out requirements for verifying voter eligibility.

Instead, they said they were granting Brunner's request because it appears that the law does not allow private entities, like the Ohio GOP, to file suit to enforce the provision of the law at issue.

About 200,000 of 666,000 voters who have registered in Ohio since Jan. 1 have records that don't match. Brunner has said the discrepancies most likely stem from innocent clerical errors rather than fraud but has set up a verification plan.

If you haven't been following this issue, the Washington Post today had a good roundup of the legal wrangling going on in that state.

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