More than 200,000 Ohioans who registered to vote this year for the first time or updated their voting information since Jan. 1 could be affected by the latest court ruling requiring the state to set up a new registration verification system by Friday, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner said.
Brunner said she would comply with the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling late Tuesday but said she is deeply concerned that the decision is a veiled attempt at disenfranchising voters.
The court’s 9-6 opinion, written by Judge Jeffrey Sutton, suggested that voters whose driver’s license number or Social Security number does not exactly match those found on databases maintained by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles or Social Security Administration could be required to use provisional ballots instead of conventional ones.
“The thing that concerns me is that Judge Sutton indicated that these mismatched names could be subjected to provisional voting and nowhere in [Help America Vote Act] is that the case. The Help America Vote Act is really not meant to be used to disenfranchise or to help determine voter eligibility,” Brunner said in an interview today.
“Essentially that provision of HAVA is basically supposed to maintain voter registration databases,” she said. “It is not for determining voter eligibility. The interpretation that seems to be coming from at least that particular judge takes HAVA and uses it as a means to exclude voters from a regular ballot. That is a concern.”
The full 6th Circuit’s opinion overturned the decision of a three-judge panel at the federal court last week and restored the ruling announced last week by U.S. District Court Judge George C. Smith.
Since Jan. 1, Ohio has 666,000 newly registered or updated voters — all of whom fall under scrutiny by this latest court ruling. Brunner said an initial review found that at least 200,000 of them might have mismatched information. Once the office identifies all of the mismatched voters, Brunner will send the list to the county boards of election where the individuals have registered.
To top it all off Brunner deliberately hid the existence of these bad registrations all to deny the local boards of election the opportunity to check for themselves.
Brunner was fighting to make sure these dodgy/suspect voters never had to prove they were real voters — she wanted their votes dumped straight into the pile, where no one could later yank them out from. Remember, even if you’re a proven fraudulent voter, your votes can’t be pulled out of the mix — because it’s secret ballot. Who knows who you voted for? In Bizarro world, it’s even possible you voted for McCain ten times.
Brunner was determined to get these suspect — not necessarily fraudulent, but suspect and requiring investigation — into that pile of voter by hook or by crook. She wasn’t willing to check them out herself, and also conspired to prevent the local boards from knocking on doors and placing follow-up calls, too.
The left is determined to ensure victory this election, and they don’t trust the people. They can’t risk leaving it in their hands so they are taking steps to make sure the “right” outcome is achieved.