A federal judge ruled this evening that 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.
In uploading the Ohio Republican Party’s request for a court order, Judge George C. Smith of the U.S. District Court in Columbus said, “It is hard to imagine a public interest more compelling than safeguarding the legitimacy of the election of the president of the United States.”
Smith said that the Help America Vote Act requires states to not only verify the identity of newly registered voters with the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the federal Social Security Administration, but also to provide counties with the names of new voters whose records did not match.
Jennifer Brunner had been doing verification, but had not made the names available to county elections boards. Judge Smith gave Brunner a week to comply.
Brunner will be filing an appeal with the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Smith emphasized the urgency of the situation in light of the deadline next Thursday to challenge absentee voters. On October 25 elections workers can remove ballots from envelops that contain the only identifying information about who cast them.
In announcing his decision, Smith cited questionable activity by one group that has registered thousands of new Ohio voters, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).
Last week, I was stressing out at all of the shenanigans I was hearing about in Ohio.
Hopefully, the authorities will be able wrest control of the situation from the hyper-partisan Brunner, who reportedly is frequently advised by ACORN:
In a stunning development, the Democrat activist group ACORN – a frequent and influential advisor to Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner – now publicly admits that its Ohio staff engages in election fraud.
According to The Plain Dealer, “The group blamed inefficiency and lack of resources for problems such as being unable to spot duplicate voter-registration cards or cards that may have been filled out by workers to make quotas.” ACORN is under investigation by Cuyahoga County elections officials for submitting fraudulent voter registrations among the 65,000 forms submitted to the county board of elections.