Supreme Court Sides With Dems On Ohio Voting Case

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October 17, 2008 11:59 a.m.

In a ruling late this morning, the Supreme Court sided with Ohio’s Democratic Secretary of State, who’s in a dispute with the state GOP over voting.

Reports the AP:

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.

The ruling could make it easier to vote for thousands of Ohioans whose voter registration information did not match up with other government records.

And the McCain campaign has already responded. On a conference call with reporters just now, campaign manager Rick Davis said: “If you look at what the ruling said, it said that the Republican party didn’t have standing in order to bring the suit, it didn’t make a decision on the merits of the case.” Davis added: “I think that the Secretary of State ought to do her job.”

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