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Appeals Court Sides With Ohio Secretary of State

CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal appeals court has sided with Ohio's top elections official in her running battle with Republicans over how to verify the eligibility of newly registered voters.

Thursday a federal judge ordered Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to verify voter registration information and provide it to all of Ohio's 88 county election boards.

But the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has set that aside in a split decision, ruling the task was simply too arduous and unreasonable. It ruled that the district court's order would do "irreparable harm to the voting public."

Brunner argues nothing in the Help America Vote Act required her to do what the lower court had ordered.

The chairman of the Ohio Republican party says "it's a shame."

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