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A Nightmare X 200,000

200,000.

More than 200,000 Ohioans who registered to vote this year for the first time or updated their voting information since Jan. 1 could be affected by the latest court ruling requiring the state to set up a new registration verification system by Friday, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner said.

Brunner said she would comply with the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling late Tuesday but said she is deeply concerned that the decision is a veiled attempt at disenfranchising voters.

The court's 9-6 opinion, written by Judge Jeffrey Sutton, suggested that voters whose driver's license number or Social Security number does not exactly match those found on databases maintained by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles or Social Security Administration could be required to use provisional ballots instead of conventional ones.

"The thing that concerns me is that Judge Sutton indicated that these mismatched names could be subjected to provisional voting and nowhere in [Help America Vote Act] is that the case. The Help America Vote Act is really not meant to be used to disenfranchise or to help determine voter eligibility," Brunner said in an interview today.

"Essentially that provision of HAVA is basically supposed to maintain voter registration databases," she said. "It is not for determining voter eligibility. The interpretation that seems to be coming from at least that particular judge takes HAVA and uses it as a means to exclude voters from a regular ballot. That is a concern."

The full 6th Circuit's opinion overturned the decision of a three-judge panel at the federal court last week and restored the ruling announced last week by U.S. District Court Judge George C. Smith.

Since Jan. 1, Ohio has 666,000 newly registered or updated voters -- all of whom fall under scrutiny by this latest court ruling. Brunner said an initial review found that at least 200,000 of them might have mismatched information. Once the office identifies all of the mismatched voters, Brunner will send the list to the county boards of election where the individuals have registered.


Ace has been in front of this story:
Margin of Bush's victory in Ohio in 2004? 118,457 votes.

200,000 would seem to be more than that.

Reality Check: Brunner is right that some -- perhaps most -- of these registrations will check out, after investigation. In some cases, it could be that the system hasn't yet reflected changes-of-address or so forth.

However, many will turn out to be fraudulent -- and she deliberately concealed the existence of these red flags to deny the local boards of election the opportunity to check for themselves.

How man are real, how many are fake? We don't know -- yet.

And if Jennifer Brunner had had her way, we'd have never even have had an opportunity to check at all.

She didn't want to check into them, and she actively prevented the local boards of election from checking too. Citing -- get this -- "voter disenfranchisement" as her rationale.

Despite the fact that the law compels her to inform the local boards of unmatchable registrants.

Let's say even 3/4s of these turn out legit -- she was hellbent to smuggle the the 50,000 fraudulent ones into the ballot boxes.


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Comments (9)

Not to worry, Brunner will ... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Not to worry, Brunner will cast those 200,000 votes along with a several hundred thousand more. She's so in love with Hussein she would kill her own family if he ask her to. Actually he is asking her to kill thousands of people and she's doing her best to comply.

The talking heads keep harp... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

The talking heads keep harping on the fact that these are 'registrations' not votes. BULL SHIT!
ACORN is gathering the names before submitting them. You can bet someone will demand a vote under those names.

Lorie, Ace linky no worky.<... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Lorie, Ace linky no worky.

...and criminal charges should be filed against Brunner.

Ace is a dick. She wasn't "... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Ace is a dick. She wasn't "hellbent to smuggle the the 50,000 fraudulent ones into the ballot boxes", she was hellbent not to let the 150,000 legitimate ones not be counted. (That's granting your 25% fraudulent statistic--could be higher or lower, likely the latter.) Brunner's not a bad person, she just sucks at her job. If these people can't verify the legitimacy of the registration forms, they need to find people who can. Or, if the task exceeds the ability of available personnel, they need to hire more personnel, specifically those who don't bitch about doing their job. 1) It's not voter fraud to enlist as many people as possible to vote, even if one only does so in minority neighbourhoods; and 2) it's not disenfranchisement to demand that somebody verify these registration forms as pertaining to specific individuals who are legally allowed to vote. Clearly the process for voter registration needs to be improved. Ya'll could've looked into it earlier, of course...

Scrapiron: you're the one stoked about the Red Dawn-esque imaginary civil war. Take a step out of your glass trailer before you start throwing concrete beer cans at scarecrows, you nutty jackass.

Thanks. I fixed the link.<... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

Thanks. I fixed the link.

"Disenfranchised voters"? W... (Below threshold)
Alan:

"Disenfranchised voters"? What about my disenfranchised vote when my vote gets canceled out by someone who should not be entitled to vote or vote twice or more? Why don't we hear about ALL the possibly disenfranchised voters instead of just the so-called "repressed" vote?

hyperbolist,Ms. Br... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

hyperbolist,

Ms. Brunner certainly could have looked into it sooner. She was elected in 2006. What has she been doing since taking office???

And if you think she isn't hellbent on giving Ohio to Obama, you haven't been paying much attention.

Also, Ace is certainly a dick. He likes it that way. So do all the people who visit his site every day.

OTOH, you are a dick, but no one comes to this site to read you. Go figure.

Gearge W.'s brother "delive... (Below threshold)
RangerRick:

Gearge W.'s brother "delivered" Florida to him and the result was the "hanging chad" fiasco. Now the Democrats are trying to "deliver" Ohio and they are having a fit. I think this makes a point that none of our votes really mean much when the political machines get their gears turning. I just hope we don't look like the former Soviet Union at the end of the next presidential term...

Jeb Bush "delivered" Florid... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

Jeb Bush "delivered" Florida to Bush by making sure the Secretary of State enforced the law on the books and didn't change the rules for Al Gore. In Ohio, the secretary of state is trying to avoid doing what the law requires.




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