Friday, October 17, 2008

What's next after SCOTUS ruling on Ohio voting?

I missed getting this post out earlier because of a lunch with a friend who is leaving Toledo for more fertile grounds in North Carolina (imagine that).

Anyway, better late than never.

Yes, the Supreme Court, in an unsigned opinion, granted Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner's request to halt verification of voter registration information AND the reporting of any mismatches to local boards of elections. However, they did NOT rule on the issue of the law.

The opinion clarifies that the justices were not commenting on whether Ohio is complying with a provision of the Help America Vote Act of 2002. They said they were granting Brunner's request because the law does not allow private entities, like the Ohio GOP, to file suit to enforce the provisions of the law they sued over.

So the Ohio Republican Party does not have the standing to file the suit.

Next question: who does and how quickly can we get individuals with standing to file their complaint? It appears that the lower courts would issue the same types of rulings - and the judges really wouldn't have to think very hard since they've just heard the arguments.

I'll volunteer!

1 comment:

gordon gekko said...


your coverage of this issue has been nothing short of excellent.

Keep up the good work.


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