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Voter eligibility must be verified

October 15, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A federal appeals court ordered Ohio's top elections official to set up a system by Friday to verify the eligibility of newly registered voters and make the information available to the state's 88 county election boards.

The full U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld a lower court ruling that Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner must use other government records to check thousands of new voters for registration fraud.

A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit had disagreed last week. The full court's ruling, in which nine of 16 judges concurred, overturns that decision.

State Republicans had sued Brunner, a Democrat.

About 666,000 Ohioans have registered to vote since January. Republicans have filed a series of challenges to the registrations and Brunner's administration of election rules.

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