Ohio secretary of state must verify registrations

Thank goodness SOMEBODY finally did the right thing in Ohio.  Terry Kinney of the Associated Press writes:

“Plaintiffs assert, and the court agrees, that it is hard to imagine a public interest more compelling than safeguarding the legitimacy of the election of the president of the United States,” [U.S. District Judge George C.] Smith wrote in his ruling.

Brunner also was ordered to establish a process by which Ohio’s 88 county election boards can access information generated by the checks.

Residents registering to vote must provide their name, address, date of birth and either their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number.

But Ohio’s Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is still trying to weasel around this:

Brunner has said the state matches registration information against data in the Bureau of Motor Vehicles system and the Social Security database. But she also has said federal law doesn’t say what should be done if a mismatch is discovered, and it is up to counties to check the system for flagged registrations and investigate if warranted.

So there will be no state-enforced investigations into mismatches.  By saying that the federal government doesn’t indicate what to do in cases of mismatches, it sounds to me as if she is saying she found a loophole that will allow her to still do whatever she wants in the cases of actual voter fraud.  It should be common sense that if a mismatch occurs, that means something is wrong.  Brunner seems to be playing coy, and it seems like she is willing to play dumb if confronted about not dealing with the situation (e.g. “Oh, was that supposed to matter?  I didn’t realize anything was wrong, and I was never instructed to do anything in the case of a mismatch.”)

Hopefully, state Republicans will continue to pursue this matter and will not allow this to happen.  If it is up to the individual counties to decide what to do with mismatches, then I hope Republicans get out there and make sure they are working at the polling centers and paying attention to what is going on.

Ohio is an important state, a swing state.  If it legitimately goes to Obama, that’s fine.  But those who would use underhanded methods to help secure his victory must not be allowed to succeed.

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Ohio has been in the news lately, and it isn’t just because it has two of the worst teams in the NFL right now.

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has interepreted an election rule so that people can now register to vote and cast their ballot on the same day without any proof of residence or other forms of eligibility.  Is this really a good idea?

That’s a rhetorical question.

Allowing people to vote without having proof of their eligibility to do so just opens the door to all kinds of potential voter fraud.  Republicans in Ohio are saying that because there is not enough time to verify the eligibility of all of the voters, the Democrats (who are the ones using this rule to go out and register and collect the votes from as many people as possible) are opening up the entire process to election fraud.

Just today, this article from the New York Post shows how Democrats are taking advantage of this situation.  They are driving homeless people to poll centers to register them to vote and cast their ballots for Obama.  Here’s my problem with this issue.  Many homeless people are mentally ill.  Many are felons. Many are just hungry and/or in need of some attention.

First of all, I don’t think the mentally ill are in a place where they can make an informed decision, and felons are not legally allowed to vote.  But what irks me the most is thinking about how Democrats might just be going and making all kinds of promises to those who are just hungry or needing some attention, being friendly to them and telling them that they should vote for Obama. Are they offering them food in exchange for a vote for Obama?  Is the drive alone, riding with someone whom they are made to believe cares for them, enough incentive to go along and cast a vote for Obama?  And, again, even if you don’t see a problem with that, we still don’t know about their eligibility.

After telling us about one homeless gentleman by the name of William Woods that was driven to the poll center to vote, the article states:

“I never voted before,” Woods said, because of a felony conviction that previously barred him from the polls. “Without this service, I would have had no way to get here.”

He would have had no way to get there?  That’s the big problem presented here?  Nobody bothered to stop him based on the felony conviction?  He seems to understand that he was barred from the poll because of his felony conviction, but he doesn’t seem to have a problem casting a vote if urged to do so.

One of the people who commented on this article had something interesting to say about some others that supporters of Obama are going after:

I have a family member living in a Santa Fe, New Mexico group home – they’re taking the retarded residents down to vote for Obama. This family member tells me that the staff is being forceful – saying that they must vote for Obama… This scares them and they don’t want to vote for anyone.

Now, I don’t have any proof of this, so don’t just accept it as fact, but someone should look into this.  If this is true, it would be the most despicable act yet.

(UPDATE: One of the commenters on this blog pointed out that felons aren’t necessarily banned for life from voting.  I have done some research and found this information to be correct.  According to this article, Ohio is one of the states that allows felons to re-register to vote once they are released from prison.  Fair enough.  I stand corrected.)

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