It is what it is.
The Supreme Court is siding with Ohio’s top elections official in a dispute with the state Republican Party over voter registrations.
The justices on Friday overruled a federal appeals court that had ordered Ohio’s top elections official to do more to help counties verify voter eligibility.
Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, faced a deadline of Friday to set up a system to provide local officials with names of newly registered voters whose driver’s license numbers or Social Security numbers on voter registration forms don’t match records in other government databases.
Ohio Republicans contended the information for counties would help prevent fraud. Brunner said the GOP is trying to disenfranchise voters.
I don’t know much about the law here, but it does seem a bit unreasonable to expect Ohio to implement new voter registration systems this close to the election.
That being said, voter registration fraud and the voter fraud it results in is still a serious problem in Ohio and across the nation (wherever pro-Obama advocacy groups like ACORN are at work).
The left will tell you that the right is just trying to suppress liberal voters. But the truth is that while all eligible citizens have a right to vote, all voters have a right not to have their vote canceled out by a vote cast by someone who isn’t eligible. Or who is voting more than once.
In a brief unsigned opinion, the justices said they were not commenting on whether Ohio is complying with a provision of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 that lays out requirements for verifying voter eligibility.
Instead, they said they were granting Brunner’s request because it appears that the law does not allow private entities, like the Ohio GOP, to file suit to enforce the provision of the law at issue.