Breaking: Ohio Elections Chief Appeals Court Order

October 16, 2008 - 7:56 AM
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Columbus, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's top elections chief has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in a dispute over whether the state is required to do more to help counties verify voter eligibility.
 
A spokesman for Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner said Thursday that an appeal has been filed with the high court.
 
On Tuesday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati sided with the Ohio Republican Party and ordered Brunner to set up a system that provides names of newly registered voters whose driver's license numbers or Social Security numbers don't match records in other government databases.
 
The GOP contends the information will help prevent fraud.
 
Brunner, a Democrat, told The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer on Wednesday that she is concerned the court decision is a veiled attempt at disenfranchising voters. 
 
200,000 Ohio voters have records discrepancies

According to the Associated Press, around one in every three newly registered Ohio voters will end up on court-ordered lists being sent to county election boards because they have some discrepancy in their records, an elections spokesman said Wednesday.
 
Brunner said that an initial review found that about 200,000 newly registered voters reported information that did not match motor-vehicle or Social Security records, Brunner spokesman Kevin Kidder said.

Some discrepancies could be as simple as a misspelling, while others could be more significant. Brunner said she'll urge counties not to force these people to use provisional ballots.
 
About 666,000 Ohioans have registered to vote since January.
 
The court gave Brunner until Friday to get election boards the information, and on Thursday, Brunner announced her intention to appeal on Thursday.