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October 17th, 2008 By | News | Posted In: 2008 Election

Supreme Court Helps New Voters in Ohio

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This morning the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a verdict by the 6th District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati that would have thrown a monkeywrench into newly-registered voters in the state having their ballots count in the presidential race. The Republican Party had sued to force Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner — who has made a name for herself by advocating for fairer and better elections in the state, cleaning up after her infamous predecessor, Ken Blackwell — to basically put on hold any new voter's ballot until discrepancies in their registration information were cleaned up. Brunner claims that those discrepancies are mainly minor clerical errors, while GOP officials claim they're part of a massive voter fraud effort by the Democrats.

The Supreme Court's ruling says the Republican Party wasn't legally able to bring the lawsuit in the first place and doesn't rule on the actual merits of the party's lawsuit. So it might be refiled again.

The 6th District Court of Appeals was torn along party lines in its initial ruling earlier this week.

 
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