SCOTUS Win for Ohio Democrats

The US Supreme Court, siding with Democrats, freed Ohio officials from a lower court order that might have limited participation by new voters in next months presidential election.

Todays ruling means Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, doesnt have to provide county election boards with lists of new registrants whose information doesnt match up with government databases. A federal trial judge had ordered Brunner to supply the lists by today.

Republicans who sued Brunner “are not sufficiently likely to prevail in their lawsuit, the Supreme Court said. The two- page unsigned order was issued on behalf of the full court, without any published dissent.

Brunner said the judges order could have affected as many as 200,000 Ohioans, potentially forcing them to cast provisional ballots instead of regular ballots. Democrats likely would have been disproportionately affected by the judges order because of the partys efforts to register new voters this year.

Ohio is a crucial state for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in his race against Democrat Barack Obama. Without Ohios 20 electoral votes, McCain would have to carry every other state that voted for George W. Bush in 2004, plus one that voted Democratic. Recent polls indicate Obama has pulled even or ahead in Ohio, a state Bush won by less than 118,000 votes four years ago.

via Ohio Democrats Win at Top US Court in Voting Fight


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