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One Of The Ways Democrats Steal Elections

Some actual reporting. But, as usual, it is from a local outlet.

In this case, the Cincinnati Enquirer:

If Ohio polling looks like Chicago, ‘thank’ Brunner

Peter Bronson
Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has a reputation as the most partisan state official in Ohio. And she works hard to earn it. The Democrat’s latest stunt rejected absentee ballots for thousands of Republicans.

But it’s not her first rodeo. Almost as soon as Brunner was elected in 2006, she tried to remove several Republican county elections officials, including Ohio Republican Party Chairman Robert Bennett. They accused her of “storm trooper tactics” to silence critics.

Then Brunner spread an alarm that Ohio’s electronic voting machines were vulnerable to tampering – a favorite claim of the paranoid left. Elections officials who participated in Brunner’s study called her conclusions over-hyped “leaps in logic” and said, “The report itself could be viewed as an attack on the elections system … (that) planted seeds in the mind of the public to mistrust those who oversee elections.”

Brunner also demanded an overhaul of voting methods just before the March primaries, causing meltdowns in some precincts.

And now she’s hassling Republicans who want to vote for John McCain.

Two Hamilton County voters have sued, accusing her of “the disenfranchisement of thousands of voters.”

The John McCain campaign sent out more than 1 million applications for absentee ballots to Republicans. Each had a line at the top next to a box: “I am a qualified elector.”

Brunner sent a memo telling county election officials to reject those applications for absentee ballots if the box was not checked. “Failure to check the box leaves both the applicant and the board of elections without verification that the applicant is a ‘qualified elector’,” she wrote.

But that’s contrary to state law and Brunner doesn’t have the authority, according to the lawsuit and an opinion from Hamilton County’s Republican Prosecutor Joe Deters.

Ohio law allows voters to request an absentee ballot on the back of a grocery sack if they want to, as long as they include their name, address, date of birth, signature and either a driver’s license number, last four Social Security numbers or a valid picture I.D.

There is nothing in the law about checking a box to verify a qualified voter. The voter’s signature is enough, because that’s what is checked to send ballots, said Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Greg Hartmann, who ran against Brunner in 2006 and is now county chairman for the McCain-Palin campaign. “It’s just bald partisanship,” he said. “She’s trying to disqualify likely McCain voters.”

The Deters opinion said “it is equally reasonable that the squares are intended simply as bullet points in an inartfully designed application.” …

Majority Floor Leader Sen. Tom Niehaus, R-New Richmond, said, “Take the politics out and you’d think the state’s chief elections official would err on the side of allowing people to vote.” …

Brunner’s web site says she “wants to ensure that Ohio elections are free, fair, open and honest; and to encourage the highest level of participation in our democracy.” So why reject 1,500 voters in Hamilton County and thousands more in Ohio?

An honest mistake? With Brunner’s partisan record, not likely.

Laying litigation landmines to lawyer the outcome if Democrats don’t win? That fits like a tinfoil hat with her irresponsible attack on Ohio’s voting machines.

Raw partisanship? Ring the jackpot bell.

“Well, I tell you what, it helps in Ohio that we’ve got Democrats in charge of the machines,” Barack Obama said on Sept. 3.

I think he was talking about Brunner – the partisan secretary of state who is doing her best to bring Chicago elections to Ohio.

Democrat voter fraud is destroying what is left of our system of government.

And the mainstream media is not just ignoring it, they are doing their best to give it cover.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “One Of The Ways Democrats Steal Elections”

  1. BillK says:

    Oh come on, the Democrats would never disenfranchise voters.

    Unless they were, of course, Republicans, then they’re “not voters” the same way Sarah Palin is dismissed by her critics as “not a woman.”

    She’s defending rights by trying to dissuade those who “would take away others’ rights,” that’s all.

    How easy it often is for the left to legitimize any point they wish.

  2. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    Peter Bronson is the only voice of reason left at the Cincinnati Enquirer. He is consistent in his conservatism and always manages to stir up the liberal hornets nest. The only other reason to read the Enquirer is Walter E. Williams on Sunday.

  3. Lipstick on a PIAPS says:

    I’m just thinking how many more “wrong” voting machines are going to be out there on November 4th when McCain and Palin are elected. ROFLMAO

  4. Steve says:

    This woman never stops.

    From a joyous Associated Press:

    Ohio Supreme Court upholds early voting window


    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a weeklong window in which new voters can register and cast an absentee ballot on the same day.

    It was the second court decision Monday validating instructions by Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, who told counties to allow the window. The early voting period begins Tuesday.

    Both Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s campaign and the Republican National Committee have urged supporters in Ohio to use the early voting. But Republican-backed lawsuits were filed against it.

    The high court ruled 4-3 that Brunner was correct that voters don’t need to be registered for at least 30 days before receiving an absentee ballot. A federal judge in Cleveland ruled earlier Monday that Madison County must comply with Brunner’s order.


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