10/31/08

All eyes on ACORN on Election Day

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Union-backed voter registration fraud group has unfinished business

As Election Day draws closer, Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over potential vulnerabilities in Ohio's voting system. In a recent radio ad, the Ohio Republican Party accused Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner of ignoring the possibility of voter fraud in the state, 10TV's John Fortney reported.

Former Republican presidential candidate and Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson told 10TV News on Thursday that he thinks threats to the system are clear. Thomson said the Association of Community Organizations For Reform Now poses a threat to Ohio's election process.

"ACORN apparently is perpetrating voter registration fraud all over this country in unprecedented numbers," Thompson said. "They've targeted Ohio. They're trying to steal this election."

Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern denied the claims.

"The very reason why the Republican Party will come up short in this election (is) they've done far more finger pointing at Jennifer Brunner than offering solutions to the challenges that face working families," Redfern said. "That's why they'll lose."

On Election Day, individual county boards of elections will be responsible for verifying voter registrations, not the state. According to Brunner, the state's registration database was never designed to kick out flagged registrations back to county boards of elections, Fortney reported.

"If we try to modify it to do that, it would make the system unstable," Brunner said.

After losing two federal court rulings, Brunner started to comply with a Republican Party request to make questionable voter information available to county boards of elections. Brunner stopped working on the request when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in her favor.

"I spoke too soon because, in looking at what actually needed to be when they started digging into it, it was going to take an inordinate amount of time," Brunner said.

Still, Brunner said that the state would probably get rid of the database program after next week's election.

"Most likely we're going to have to scrap it and start over," Brunner said.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that it would not investigate Brunner's handling of the database system.

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(10tv.com)

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