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October 16, 2008

Ohio Secretary Of State Appeals Voter Case To Supreme Court

In this case that means....Justice John Paul Stevens.

Ohio’s top election official has asked the Supreme Court to put on hold a federal judge’s order requiring steps to verify the voter registration rolls across the state, arguing that the order had “destabilized” the election situation just three weeks before voters go to the polls. An application for stay (Brunner v. Ohio Republican Party, et al., 08A332) was filed Wednesday night with Justice John Paul Stevens, who handles emergency matters from the Sixth Circuit.

...The application contended that the order may encourage a flood of lawsuits across the nation, disrupting the election process and threatening to require many voters to cast provisional ballots, thus perhaps deterring them from voting.

Justice Stevens may act without asking state GOP officials to respond, or wait until there is a response. He also has the option of sharing a decision with his Court colleagues, or acting alone.

I'll leave all the big headed legal stuff to Ace or Gabe but simply point you to Ace's earlier rundown on this case what the Ohio Secretary of State is trying to pull off.


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