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Law enforcement officials in a southwest Ohio county populated 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.
The window was the subject of an unsuccessful legal challenge by the Ohio Republican Party.
Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer, a Republican, requested registration cards and address change forms Thursday for all 302 people who took advantage of the window. He told elections officials he had been flooded with telephone calls from people concerned about possible fraud.
Representing Fischer is County Prosecutor Stephen Haller, a former law partner of Mike DeWine. DeWine, a former U.S. senator, chairs the Ohio campaign of Republican presidential nominee John McCain.
McCain's rival, Democrat Barack Obama, launched a major push to attract new voters during the window.
Haller said the records request was not politically motivated.
The county is home to five colleges or universities: Wright State, Central State, Wilberforce and Cedarville universities and Antioch College. Cedarville is a Christian college.
Lyn McCoy, the county's deputy elections director, said Thursday that the records request was being processed. Names, telephone numbers and Social Security numbers will be blackened out before the documents are release, she said.
Tom Miller, chief of the prosecutor's civil division, said Fischer is seeking information so that he can prevent voter fraud. He made it clear to prosecutors that his concerns were not partisan, Miller said, even noting during their discussion that students at one college, Cedarville, tend to vote Republican.
Among concerns presented to county officials were that college students who voted during the window would be able to vote again in their home counties on Election Day, and that early voters might simultaneously register and vote in Ohio and in another state, Miller said.