Three weeks ago, I wrote about allegations of voter registration fraud in Ohio, and what Secretary of State Jennifer “No Driver’s License, No Green Card, No Problem” Brunner has been up to in her quest to avoid doing any kind of election enforcement in Ohio whatsoever.
Since I last covered this issue, the Ohio Secretary of State’s office has declared that poll workers “may not challenge a voter on Election Day” if the “information provided by the person” doesn’t match the “records maintained by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (including data originally obtained from the Social Security Administration database).”
In other words, if people were to go to Baker Center and try to vote under false pretenses, there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them.
The same goes for absentee ballots; if people turn in absentee ballots with faked addresses or names, it’s now forbidden for Ohio boards of election or other interested parties to challenge those ballots.
Is this the ultimate expression of universal suffrage: granting all people the right to vote, regardless if they are real or imaginary?
The Ohio Republican Party took its case against Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Democrats point to the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous “no” vote as verification that Brunner is doing her job in accordance with the law, but the Supremes’ given reason for voting “no” is not mentioned. The case of Republican Party of Ohio v. Brunner was in play for almost a month, and none of the state and federal judges thought the Ohio Republican Party was legally unable to make the specific kind of complaint that was being made. That is to say, the U.S. Supreme Court did not rule on the merits of the case, but the technicalities. If they had, however, past history suggests that they would have sided with the Ohio Republican Party: 11 of 17 different federal judges over the course of ORP v. Brunner’s life found that Brunner’s policies were not in accordance with election law. If 11 of 17 federal judges each rule in the same way, on the same case, chances are they’re probably right.
Mad-dog Democrats might argue that all 11 of those federal circuit judges are brainwashed Republican zombies, and are part and parcel of some kind of vast right-wing conspiracy.
However, these people also argue that Bush stole the 2000 and 2004 elections, citing debunked magazine articles and hyper-partisan news outlets. The people taking this tact have a tenuous grasp on reality as it is, so it’s better to speak no more of them, as they’re of no import.
As if Brunner’s willful incompetence wasn’t bad enough, Gov. Ted Strickland joined in, accusing Republicans of “[trying] to instill fear in Ohio voters” and calling the Ohio Republican Party’s attempts to force Brunner to enforce the law “despicable.”
Feeling left out, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown piped up, saying that Republicans were “using a systematic and coordinated effort of […] lawsuits and official government positions to scare Ohioans and suppress voters.”
Well, that’s an interesting comment, Sen. Brown. Considering that Secretary of State Brunner got caught red-handed trying to suppress Republican votes in Hamilton County a few weeks ago, and there is this sudden outbreak of Ohio Democrats trying to scare Ohioans out of wanting a fair election; is it really the Republicans who are trying to “scare […] and suppress”? snip