The Discerning Texan

All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke
Thursday, October 16, 2008

Prosecutors Focusing on Ohio "Fraud House"; Brunner Appeals Ruling Forcing Verification of Ballots to Supreme Court

Via Michelle Malkin:

Ohio prosecutor investigating Voter Fraud House

Early this morning, I told you about the suspicious houseful of out-of-state Democrat activists studying abroad who registered to vote, received absentee ballots, and in some cases, voted despite dubious residency and having no plans to return to Ohio — first reported by Shelby Holliday and Tiffany Wilson at

Now comes official word that the Franklin County prosecutor is investigating 13 of those activists from Vote From Home:

Amid new allegations of voter fraud, the Ohio Secretary of State conceded today that the eligibility of nearly one third of newly registered voters is in question.

The latest developments raising questions about the integrity of this battleground state’s voting system came 18 days before the Nov. 4 presidential election:

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner said a preliminary review showed that 200,000 of the 666,000 voters who registered since Jan. 1 must have their eligibility verified to comply with a federal court order.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien confirmed that he is investigating alleged voter and registration fraud involving 13 newly registered voters who came to Columbus for a get-out-the-vote campaign and used the same address, a small East Side home.

The Ohio Republican Party requested information about newly registered voters from elections boards in all 88 counties to look into reports of fraudulent voter registration.

Elections officials across the state said they fear chaos if they must verify the validity of thousands of newly registered voters in the busy days leading up to the election.

O’Brien told The Dispatch that he is investigating allegations that 13 out-of-state residents recently registered to vote, all claiming to live at 2885 Brownlee Rd.

The individuals apparently were in Columbus working for Vote From Home, a group working to increase young-voter turnout in Ohio and using the house as their base of operation, O’Brien said.

“None of the people who registered had prior contacts with Columbus and Franklin County,” O’Brien said. “You must be a resident of the state of Ohio in order to register and cast a ballot, and that’s the issue being examined - whether they were proper residents of Ohio.”

Two of the individuals voted in person at Veteran’s Memorial while a third returned a completed absentee ballot by mail, said Matt Damshroder, deputy director of the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Another seven using the address requested absentee ballots by mail, but it is not yet clear if they have submitted them. Three others registered but did not request an absentee ballot or participate in early voting.

Election fraud is a fifth-degree felony with a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

Shelby has an interview with the Franklin County prosecutor here.

I would add that authorities need to be investigating the Vote From Home activists’ tax activities as well.

Since these activists have declared themselves residents of Ohio, they will probably need to pay taxes to both Ohio and the U.S. Department of the Treasury on their scholarships.


For Ohio residents, retirement income, pension income and annuity income are taxable regardless of where received by the taxpayer. For example, a full year Ohio resident who spends part of the year in Ohio and part of the year in Florida and who receives a pension is liable for Ohio income tax on the entire amount of the pension received during the taxable year. This is true regardless of the location where the taxpayer worked in prior years to earn the pension…. Part-year Ohio residents are persons who changed their permanent residence from or to Ohio during the taxable year. A person whose residence is Ohio but who spends several months outside Ohio during the year is not a part-year resident but is a full-year Ohio resident. For part-year Ohio residents, retirement income, pension income and annuity income received while a resident of Ohio are taxable.

I sent the following e-mail to the Vote From Home media contact:

from Michelle Malkin
date Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 12:05 PM
subject media inquiry

This message is for Marc Gustafson, Daniel Hemel, Heather Halstead, Jennifer Kyle, and Greg Nolan.

According to and my own research, all of you are registered to vote in the state of Ohio at the same Brownlee Ave. address.

1) As residents of Ohio, when do you expect to return to Ohio?

2) As residents of Ohio, you are required to pay taxes on educational scholarships. Have those of you currently on scholarship filed quarterly tax returns? If so, when? If not, when do you plan to do so?

Michelle Malkin

No response.

Meanwhile, fraud-friendly Democrat Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner acknowledged that some 200,000 voters appear to have driver’s license numbers or Social Security numbers that do not match info on their voter registration forms.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tues day that Brunner must give those mismatched names to county elections boards so they can verify eligibility.

Brunner said that she wants more time to comply with the court’s ruling so she can give local boards information needed to contact questionable voters in the most efficient way.

“We are asking the court for a little bit more time, probably into the beginning of next week,” Brunner said prior to a speech at the National Press Club in Washington.

Looks like someone needs to spend more time at home cleaning up the mess and less time yammering in D.C.


Ace has more on the 200k mismatches.

And now the Voter Fraud Guarantor-in-Chief, the repulsive Jennifer Brunner, who just yesterday leared from the US 6th circuit courtthat she has to (gasp!) VERIFY voter registrations in Ohio--has appealed that decision to the US Supreme Court! Via Ace:

Ohio Secretary Of State Appeals Voter Case To Supreme Court

In this case that means....Justice John Paul Stevens.

Ohio’s top election official has asked the Supreme Court to put on hold a federal judge’s order requiring steps to verify the voter registration rolls across the state, arguing that the order had “destabilized” the election situation just three weeks before voters go to the polls. An application for stay (Brunner v. Ohio Republican Party, et al., 08A332) was filed Wednesday night with Justice John Paul Stevens, who handles emergency matters from the Sixth Circuit.

...The application contended that the order may encourage a flood of lawsuits across the nation, disrupting the election process and threatening to require many voters to cast provisional ballots, thus perhaps deterring them from voting.

Justice Stevens may act without asking state GOP officials to respond, or wait until there is a response. He also has the option of sharing a decision with his Court colleagues, or acting alone.

I'll leave all the big headed legal stuff to Ace or Gabe but simply point you to Ace's earlier rundown on this case what the Ohio Secretary of State is trying to pull off.


Meanwhile the FBI is looking into nationwide ACORN Fraud activity.
DiscerningTexan, 10/16/2008 12:04:00 PM |