Federal Court: Ohio must check voter registrations

CINCINNATI (AP) -A federal appeals court has ordered Ohio’s top elections official to set up a system by Friday to verify the eligibility of new voters.

The full 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Tuesday 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, but the full court’s ruling overturns that decision.

Ohio Republicans has sued Brunner, a Democrat.

Ohio GOP Chairman Bob Bennett called the ruling a victory for the integrity of the electoral process.

Brunner previously had said there was no way to implement the system with such speed.