Republicans Continue Effort to Sue Their Way to the White House
by Jonathan Singer, Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 09:38:46 AM EDT
We have already seen the Republicans sue their way to the White House once in recent years. Now, even though they were rebuffed by the United States Supreme Court, the Republicans are at it again, filing yet another lawsuit in the hopes of opening a path to victory for John McCain.
Having lost before the U.S. Supreme Court in a lawsuit involving the verification of new voter registrations, Republicans now are turning to the Ohio Supreme Court.
David Myhal, a Republican from New Albany, filed a lawsuit this afternoon asking the state's highest court to issue an order related to instances when new voter information doesn't match records in state or federal databases.
Specifically, the lawsuit asks the Ohio Supreme Court to require Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to order county elections boards not to count any absentee ballot from voters registered after Jan. 1 without first checking the statewide voter registration database to ensure there is no mismatch.
The lengths to which the Republicans will go in the hopes of delegitimizing the electoral process to suit their needs is remarkable, and would be surprising were it not a biennial ritual for them. Now the Obama campaign is not taking this sitting down, and has shown a determination to fight any GOP shenanigans, so although the Republican tactics are no doubt disappointing in the way that they reflect on the state of democracy in the United States, we need not excessively worry about the integrity of our elections. Nevertheless, what does it say about the Republican Party that every two years they try to cook up some cockamamie scheme to eke out a narrow electoral victory, whether it's through the creative use of Secretaries of State to make it more difficult for certain voters to make it to the polls, or through various lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions to achieve similar ends?