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Guess What? Ohio Has to Verify Voter Information After All!

This is reassuring news. The question is, will the Secretary of State obey the federal judge’s ruling?

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Ohio’s top elections official to verify the identity of newly registered voters by matching them with other government documents.

U.S. District Judge George C. Smith in Columbus ruled that Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner must perform verification required by the Help America Vote Act. That includes matching new registrants’ information against information in databases maintained by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles or the Social Security Administration.

The order was the result of a lawsuit the Ohio Republican Party filed against Brunner, a Democrat.

Typically, Brunner is appealing – the lawsuit, I mean. I suppose we also shouldn’t be surprised that “an ACORN representative is on a Brunner advisory committee.”

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