It sounds funny to hear it said, but Florida and Ohio aren't going to decide this election. More importantly, the Obama campaign would be making a major mistake allowing the quadrennial Democratic obsession with these two states to distract him from the prize he seeks.
Scaling the Mountains and Molehills of the "Voter Registration Fraud" Controversy
Weekly Voting Rights News Update
By Erin Ferns and Michael McDunnah
With a constant barrage of allegations against ACORN and other voter registration organizations coming from the McCain-Palin campaign and the Republican National Committee in recent weeks, it's worthwhile to take a look back at this ongoing war between partisan forces on the right and community based voter registration drives--a war that has largely been fought in the media and nowhere else, and which has threatened to drown out real issues in these crucial weeks before the election.
As part of the GOP's ongoing voter disenfranchisement effort in the wake of the record registrations we've seen throughout the country this year, most of which have been registered Democrats, the Ohio Republican Party had filed suit demanding that Ohio Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner, do the impossible: set up a system by today to provide the names of registered voters whose voter reg information is not 100% consistent with other state records to county elections boards. As of Tuesday the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals had sided with the Ohio GOP and compelled Brunner to comply.
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 addition to appealing the decision to the Supreme Court Brunner had filed an extension to give her more time to set up the system the appeals court required. Now, it looks like the extension won't be necessary. The Supreme Court made the right call.
The Supreme Court is siding with Ohio's top elections official in a dispute with the state Republican Party over voter registrations.
The justices on Friday overruled a federal appeals court that had ordered Ohio's top elections official to do more to help counties verify voter eligibility.
Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, faced a deadline of Friday to set up a system to provide local officials with names of newly registered voters whose driver's license numbers or Social Security numbers on voter registration forms don't match records in other government databases.
The GOP's game here is twofold. By questioning the validity of hundreds of thousands of registered voters in Ohio, they can lay the groundwork for election challenges on November 4th. In addition, by spreading the false meme that voter fraud is rampant, they are building a case for voter ID laws, which, again, are merely designed to make it more difficult for the poor, the young and minorities -- all largely Democratic constituencies, you'll notice -- to vote.
Nice to see The Supreme Court has decided not to enable the Ohio GOP's attempt to subvert democracy.