Court Rules Ohio Must Check Voter Registrations

By Laura Donaldson

June 18, 2010 Updated Oct 15, 2008 at 6:12 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Ohio election officials are ordered to set up a new system to verify voter eligibility by Friday. The system comes in the wake of allegations of voter registration fraud.

Election officials say they’re worried about enacting the new system by Friday and verifying voters under it by November 4th.

“I have no idea how they intend for us to do this,” said Director of Van Wert Board of Elections Linda Stutz. “They’re talking about going back to January of ’08, and its just really an impossibility.”

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner, must use other government records to check the thousands of new voters for registration fraud. Last week, a three-judge panel of the court disagreed; but the full court over ruled the motion.

The new system is a result form the Ohio Republican party’s lawsuit filed against Brunner.

Brunner says she will comply even though she disagrees with the court’s interpretation of the law and will work to have a new system by Friday.

Stutz says she will continue to work throughout the nights to ensure voters who are eligible to vote, make their ballots count.




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