Saturday, March 13, 2010

Michigan court of appeals rules voting rolls are public record

"The Michigan Secretary of State's Office can't refuse to show individual voting records from the state's 2008 presidential primary to an East Lansing political consultant or anyone else, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.

By a 2-1 vote, the court said in an opinion released Wednesday that Mark Grebner of Practical Political Consulting can see whether individual voters took a Democratic or Republican ballot because they're public records under the state's Freedom of Information Act. The records don't show which candidate a voter supported.

Judges William Whitbeck and Stephen Borrello upheld Grebner's rights to the voting records. Judge Kirsten Frank Kelly dissented. She says the public's interest is outweighed by the voters' right to privacy."  
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