Ohio Democrats move to suppress votes – again

If you think voter suppression and fraud issues were limited to cities like Chicago and Seattle, you’re missing the bigger picture. It’s not just ACORN either. Jennifer Brunner, the Democrat secretary of state in Ohio, is targeting voters who received absentee ballot requests from the McCain campaign.

So who’s the party that wants to suppress your vote?

Here is a portion of the article from Cincinnati.com.

The John McCain campaign sent out more than 1 million applications for absentee ballots to Republicans. Each had a line at the top next to a box: “I am a qualified elector.”

Brunner sent a memo telling county election officials to reject those applications for absentee ballots if the box was not checked. “Failure to check the box leaves both the applicant and the board of elections without verification that the applicant is a ‘qualified elector’,” she wrote.

But that’s contrary to state law and Brunner doesn’t have the authority, according to the lawsuit and an opinion from Hamilton County’s Republican Prosecutor Joe Deters.

Ohio law allows voters to request an absentee ballot on the back of a grocery sack if they want to, as long as they include their name, address, date of birth, signature and either a driver’s license number, last four Social Security numbers or a valid picture I.D.

There is nothing in the law about checking a box to verify a qualified voter. The voter’s signature is enough, because that’s what is checked to send ballots, said Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Greg Hartmann, who ran against Brunner in 2006 and is now county chairman for the McCain-Palin campaign. “It’s just bald partisanship,” he said. “She’s trying to disqualify likely McCain voters.”

The Deters opinion said “it is equally reasonable that the squares are intended simply as bullet points in an inartfully designed application.”

Brunner said, “While state law does not require a check box, the McCain-Palin campaign designed its form to require that voters check a box to affirmatively state they are qualified electors.”

Sen. Gary Cates, R-West Chester didn’t buy it. “This is not a time to give people the appearance that voters are being suppressed,” he said.

Malkin is covering.

So let me get this straight. Liberals want it to be illegal for poll workers to ask for ID, but not checking off a box – that is not required by law – on an absentee ballot request automatically gets your form tossed in the garbage?

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.

1 Comment

  1. Babs on September 24, 2008 at 3:23 am

    The Democrats cry Republican voter fraud when it is THEM that committing fraud all over the country. No doubt 75% of Barack Hussein Obama's thousands of new registered voters are mostly dead people.

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