October 10, 2008
More Litigation and Police Activity over Voter Registration in Ohio
A federal district court has issued a TRO requiring Ohio Sec. of State Brunner to match voter records with Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle and Social Security Administration databases. The court's opinion is especially interesting for its discussion of ACORN's activities in explaining why plaintiffs would suffer irreparable harm from "dilution" of their votes with illegal votes (the court does not appear to consider how many of those registrations, even if processed, would actually result in illegal votes being cast).
Sec. Brunner has appealed.
Meanwhile, AP reports: "Law enforcers in a southwest Ohio county rich with Democrat-leaning college students are seeking information on hundreds of people who registered to vote and cast ballots during the state's weeklong same-day voting window." I wonder if such activity violates the Voting Rights Act and other federal voting protections. UPDATE: The ACLU has issued this press release in response to this report.