COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A federal judge has ordered Ohio's top elections official to verify the identity of newly registered voters.
A U.S. District Court judge in Columbus ruled Thursday that Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner must perform verification required by the Help America Vote Act. That includes matching a new registrant's information with information in databases maintained by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles or the Social Security Administration.
The order was the result of a lawsuit filed by the Ohio Republican Party against Brunner, a Democrat. Republicans recently failed in a challenge to the state's one week early voting window, which ended Monday.
Brunner says there will be an appeal.