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Ohio Secretary of State Files Extension With Circuit Court on Voter Fraud Prevention

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  1. heavyg

    heavyg Active Member

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    Ohio's secretary of state awaits two court decisions -- an extension on an order by the federal court to implement voter fraud prevention methods and a stay from the Supreme Court that would turn over the appeals court ruling.


    Friday, October 17, 2008

    Hedging her bets, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner filed a motion late Thursday night asking the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to stay or modify an earlier order to come up with a system to help counties verify voter eligibility.

    The filing was a safeguard as Brunner awaits the Supreme Court's decision on whether it will hear an appeal and possibly overturn the lower court's ruling.

    Circuit Court Judge George Smith set the completion time for Brunner to come up with a method for validating mismatched voter registration data at midnight Saturday. Brunner, who filed a request for a stay of the order with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday and is still awaiting a response, is asking the lower court for a two-week extension or whatever the court sees fit to grant so that she can be compliant with the court.

    Brunner's action is exactly what the Ohio Republican Party says Brunner should be doing. The Ohio GOP filed the initial suit challenging the state's compliance with the Help America Vote Act, alleging that the state has no system to deal with newly registered voters whose driver's license numbers or Social Security numbers don't match records in other government databases.

    On Tuesday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati sided with the GOP. Brunner responded with an appeal to the high court.

    In its reply brief to the Supreme Court, the Ohio GOP said if Brunner needed relief from the temporary restraining order then she should seek it from Smith, who issued the ruling.

    The filing does not necessarily reflect on which way the Supreme Court may rule. Justice John Paul Stevens oversees the 6th Circuit and is in receipt of the filing. He has the option to deny the appeal outright or he can take it to the full court for consideration. If he rejects the appeal, the secretary of state has the option of sending it back to the high court under another judge.

    FOX News' Lee Ross contributed to this report.
  2. VietCowboy

    VietCowboy Be Realistic. Demand the Impossible.

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    SCOTUS ruled with Brunner

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