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High court rejects GOP bid in Ohio voting dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

Ohio Republicans contended the information for counties would help prevent fraud. Brunner said the GOP is trying to disenfranchise voters.

This involved, among others, ACORN.  The Cleveland Plain Dealer as well.

As John Aravois says:

What the Republicans are trying to do by talking about ACORN is setting up a storyline whereby Obama’s victory won’t be legitimate. They may even try to legally challenge his election. By undercutting the ACORN challenge we undercut the possibility of them overturning the election. This has nothing to do with voter fraud at the local level…

Liars AND Thieves!


McClatchy has quite a story on vandalism of a couple of ACORN offices around the country with antoher ACORN staffer receiving a death threat.

The incidents came the day after McCain charged in the final presidential debate that ACORN’s voter-registration drive “may be perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history” and may be “destroying the fabric of democracy.”

McCain’s comments provoked a response from ACORN.

“I would not say that Senator McCain is inciting violence,” Kettenring said, “but I would say that his statements about the role of this manufactured scandal were totally outlandish. We would call on Senator McCain to tamp down the fringe elements in his party.”

Update II:

Found this via Think Progress.  It’s Drew Griffith talking to Tom Foreman on CNN


4 Responses

  1. He can’t tamp them down. They’re the only ones left who will vote for his senile racist ass.

  2. Oh, seriously. They’re right that there won’t be any voter fraud if no one votes.

  3. Mighty generous of the ACORN spokesman to assume the problem is “fringe elements” of the party. Voter supression efforts have been a component of many Republican campaigns.

    Why not call on McCain to repudiate voter supression along with his use of absurdly overblown rhetoric?

  4. looseheadprop at firedoglake wrote this today about the latest with the Republican party (yeah, not the fringe).

    In response to a question about WHY the DNC or others haven’t ‘pushed back’, there’s this response from LHP:

    The reason the DNC is not pushing back about ACORN, is b/c ACORN did not do its work on behalf of DNC or Obama.

    It is not our’s to push. ACORN does not serve the Democratic Party. It exists to serve the communities in which it works.

    I’m sure some of the the registrations that ACORN obtained were for parties other than DEM. But you won’t see that in the news. It’s too nuanced.

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