Sixth Circuit orders Ohio to implement new system to verify voter registrations

posted at 9:49 pm on October 14, 2008 by Allahpundit

Election Law Blog has a short, useful summary. A three-judge panel from the same court ruled last week that the Democrat Secretary of State, who’s resisted GOP efforts to implement the new system, could rely on the current procedures. The full panel reversed that ruling today, which means now she’ll have to report mismatches between names on registration forms and names on DMV records to the local county elections boards. Ohio Republicans exult and lower the boom:

“Her delay in providing this matching system leaves little time for election officials to act on questionable registrations,” Ohio GOP Chairman Bob Bennett said Tuesday night. “Once again, [SoS] Jennifer Brunner has wasted valuable taxpayer dollars only to have her partisan agenda rejected by a court of law. Her shameful actions to disenfranchise Republican absentee voters, block the transparency of early voting and refuse the proper verification of newly registered voters have rightfully damaged her credibility as a nonpartisan election administrator. She is destroying the public trust in Ohio’s elections system.”

Meanwhile, the ACORN story’s finally broken all the way through on cable news; here’s a double feature for you from tonight’s CNN and MSNBC, respectively. Note the point made by the correspondent in the latter clip (or by the Republican lawyer quoted here): It’s not really voter impersonation that’s the big worry, it’s the logistical nightmare of poll workers having to sift so many bogus registration forms that bona fide registrations can’t be processed in a timely manner. Which is a problem, but given the trend in party identification, especially among new voters, would seem to be more of a problem for Democrats than Republicans.



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This is a terrible problem because of county voter demographics. I’m a committeewoman for the Orange County GOP in FL. When the county parties see that an area has become far more democratic, it causes problems in the party and leads to them not contributing or volunteering as much for candidates in the area. If ACORN signs of 10000 dems and only 10% of them slip through the cracks, that still makes a significant dent in which party gains power in that county.

ashleymatt on October 15, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Finally a note of sanity from the entire Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. There was a few hot words for the Sixth Circuit Judge who tried to ram his decision down on Buckeyes, by reversing the TRO and absolving the dems of any pretense of fairness and integrity, while his colleagues were considering an en banc hearing of that case.
Thankfully the Sixth Circuit came out with a proper and measured decision.
The only issue now is whether it will be appealed to the US Supreme Court, and/or to the SCOTUS Judge who rides the Sixth Circuit, Judge Stevens. I’d say it’s a crapshoot what Stevens does, were he to get the case.

eaglewingz08 on October 15, 2008 at 8:52 AM

It’s not really voter impersonation that’s the big worry, it’s the logistical nightmare of poll workers having to sift so many bogus registration forms that bona fide registrations can’t be processed in a timely manner. Which is a problem, but given the trend in party identification, especially among new voters, would seem to be more of a problem for Democrats than Republicans.

First, these registrations are skewing the polls which affects voter sentiment and dare I say, suppresses turnout.

Second, by overwhelming the system it’s a given that some, if not many, fraudulent registrations will slip through the cracks. As Ken Blackwell said, they only need one vote per precinct to win the state of Ohio.

Third, when the polls close in Democrat districts, the poll workers can start feeding some of those registrations in as actual votes. Who’s going to stop them? Is the RNC mobilizing experienced poll watchers to oversee the process?

Buy Danish on October 15, 2008 at 9:04 AM

No need to worry – it’s all good. The Messiah told us it is just a distraction. Lying/cheating just distracts us from the truth.

Fuquay Steve on October 15, 2008 at 9:21 AM

If “Mickey Mouse” and “Jive Turkey” and other fraudulently registered “voters” show up at the polls, they would have a hard time getting driver’s licenses or other photo ID in those names, and would probably get turned away.

The problem comes for those mailing in absentee ballots. If poll workers are willing to “look the other way” and not reject mismatches between names and addresses on absentee ballots and DMV records for driver’s licenses, there could be potential for massive fraud. Once a mail-in absentee ballot is separated from the mailing envelope, there is no further way to check the validity of the voter, and the fraudulent votes could be counted.

There need to be GOP poll-watchers present when absentee ballots are processed, ready to protest when an absentee-ballot name matches a registration in the ACORN pile, who must then check whether the names and addresses are real, and match records of someone actually living at that address.

There was a report on FoxNews last night about ACORN, where they showed an entire crate (usually used for recycling) full of what was labeled as “ACORN Duplicates”. Multiply that by the number of counties in swing states, and the fraud could be ENORMOUS.

Steve Z on October 15, 2008 at 9:37 AM

Say, that looks about right – his face with ‘fraud’ written underneath.

rishika on October 15, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Why is it that leftists are usually wierd looking?

Harpoon on October 15, 2008 at 11:44 AM

Well I don’t believe that this problem is a ‘front-end’ problem. You can’t tell me that even if there’s fraudulent registration, that doesn’t mean there will be voter fraud occurring. Hogwash! Why in the hell not? That’s the whole point.
Overwhelm the system, create skewed results in the polls & maybe convince some voters of a certain persuasion to stay home,get people to vote more than once, etc.
Here in ND we have to show our ID to vote. I have never understood why this would be a problem for poor people. To get a job, everyone needs (or should have) an ID.
If you can’t get an ID, whether you drive or not, you don’t deserve to vote. Period. My mother never had a driver’s license in her life, but she had an ID card. The only people who would have a problem with this is people who are wishing to perpetuate fraud. DUH!

This is a terrible problem because of county voter demographics. I’m a committeewoman for the Orange County GOP in FL. When the county parties see that an area has become far more democratic, it causes problems in the party and leads to them not contributing or volunteering as much for candidates in the area. If ACORN signs of 10000 dems and only 10% of them slip through the cracks, that still makes a significant dent in which party gains power in that county.

ashleymatt on October 15, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Thank you for sharing that important info that probably many would never consider. It’s really an eye opener!

Badger40 on October 15, 2008 at 12:03 PM

Just wondering how long before American’s get pissed off?

I mean, 20 years ago, the candidate tied to something like this would not only be yanked by their own party from the ticket, but he would be lucky to not be in handcuffs. Where has our great country gone?

Conservative_SAHM on October 15, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Who’s going to stop them? Is the RNC mobilizing experienced poll watchers to oversee the process?

Buy Danish on October 15, 2008 at 9:04 AM

volunteer to poll watch..

keep a good eye on the ballot box..

and kick any democrat in the nuts if he tries to stuff said box..

DaveC on October 15, 2008 at 12:49 PM

The dems can’t win unless they cheat and lie.

docdave on October 15, 2008 at 1:04 PM

Didn’t ‘the tool’ play Lurch on the Munsters?

lisalj on October 15, 2008 at 4:41 PM

lisalj, I was thinking the SAME thing! There is something incredibly CREEPY about that Acorn guy. Can’t put my finger on it, which makes him double, triple creepy.

pleaseandthankyou on October 15, 2008 at 7:10 PM

One of the issues these video didn’t address was this..

If ACORN files 100,000 fraud registrations… this allows other parties on election day to potentially have the opportunity to inject 100,000 fraud ballots into the balloting regardless of the names used to register.

VinceP1974 on October 15, 2008 at 8:42 PM

I imagine the Dems are trying to see just how far they can push the envelope; those bitter folks clinging to their Bibles and guns are their biggest worry.

I never thought I’d live to see the day, but if reason and honesty doesn’t emerge soon we might just see battles in the streets.

poodlemom on October 16, 2008 at 1:26 AM

What so cool about this is that the TAXPAYERS subsidize ACORN!!!

What’s amazing is that the Republican morons in Congress have allowed it to go on continuously since 1977.

The Republicans ARE morons.

mylegsareswollen on October 16, 2008 at 1:55 AM