Judge Clears Secretary of State's Efforts to Remove Top Elections Officials

Apr 4, 2007

A judge in Columbus is refusing to block Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (from trying to remove the top elections official in Cuyahoga County.

An attorney for county elections board chairman Bob Bennett argued this morning that Brunner is relying on a state law so vague it's unconstitutional. But Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge John Connor disagreed and said Brunner could move forward with a hearing to oust Bennett.

Bennett also heads the Ohio Republican Party, and his spokesman has charged that Democrat Brunner is engaging in political harassment.

Brunner accuses the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections of shoddy work. Three board members have resigned under pressure from her office.