October 16th, 2008
01:02 PM ET
12 years ago

Emergency Supreme Court appeal filed in Ohio voters case

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Ohio's secretary of state on Thursday filed an emergency appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court in an ongoing dispute over verifying the identities of the state's newly registered voters.

The appeal, from Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner - a Democrat - and other elections officials, follows a Tuesday ruling from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati that sided with the state GOP. It ordered Brunner to create a system by Friday to provide a list of newly registered voters whose Social Security numbers or driver's license numbers do not match their names.

The state Republican Party contends that there is widespread voter fraud in Ohio - a crucial battleground state for the 2008 presidential election - and that Brunner "turned off" its process for verifying voter registrations while allowing Ohioans to cast ballots on the same day they registered. State GOP Chairman Bob Bennett has accused Brunner of concealing fraudulent voter registrations in hopes of swinging the state to Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate.

Brunner's office has acknowledged that preliminary information provided by about 200,000 registered voters may not match up. Brunner said Tuesday she had prepared for the appeals court's "possible adverse decision" ahead of time by announcing plans to "further improve the statewide voter registration database."

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soundoff (338 Responses)
  1. Kerry

    Hey, where's all the GOP indignation about activist judges and legislating from the bench NOW?

    October 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. ez

    Early voting is the way to go.

    Registered Republican "voted" Obama/Biden 08

    October 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Sigh

    Thomas, good point.

    October 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Andrew

    Tony so you are saying that anyone who has voted republician is a fraud. That is a bold statement. Some could say the same about voting democratic. Both parties have done bad things and will continue to bad things... it is politics.

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. NOBAMA - NOWAY-NOHOW

    The same thing happened in Washington state 4 years ago – that's how we ended up with a Demoncrap govenor – Corpses voting for a Demoncrap – whoever would have thought that was possible? And now we have Acorn – guess the Demoncraps are at it again!!

    October 16, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. NOWAY NOBAMA!

    The same thing happened in Washington state 4 years ago – that's how we ended up with a Demoncrap govenor – Corpses voting for a Demoncrap – whoever would have thought that was possible? And now we have Acorn – guess the Demoncraps are at it again!!

    October 16, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Bill

    It is only ok if the democrats cheat.

    October 16, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. joe kiloz

    OBAMA,,,,,,,,,,,PLUMBING,,,,,,,,,,,,OPERATION,,,,,,,,,,,,,HERE

    October 16, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Glennis, PA

    Thomas said: For Federal Elections there needs to be one system, one standard, one set of rules that all states must abide by.

    I second that! Why in heaven's name do we make it so incredibly difficult. Having so many different options in so many places makes no sense and leaves the opportunity wide open for all sorts of shenigans from both sides of the fence.

    October 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Don

    Oh supreme court! Please this time let us the good people steal the election!!!! Please!!!!

    October 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. BM

    Trust us Republicans, we will fight to the gates of hell! NOT THIS TIME!
    Haven't you taken us for a ride too many times? This time we are the driver's!

    October 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. onelove

    This happens every election because people get hired to register people. And you get paid per registration. How many times have you walked out of your grocery store, Wal Mart, or Target during election time and a person working to register people is waiting to sign you up? I've been seeing this all of my life.

    It's not that ACORN is committing fraud, fraud is being committed against ACORN by its employees.

    October 16, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. HouseDiva

    while the republicans keep the media busy investigating ACORN; they will be busy rigging diebold machines.

    republicans have perfected the art of cheating BIG TIME!

    October 16, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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