Meet Jennifer Brunner.
Ohio Secretary of State.
Oh, yes, and a Democrat. (Like you haven’t figured that out already!)
If Ohio polling looks like Chicago, ‘thank’ Brunner
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…
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.
Hat tip: Mike at Cold Fury