Ohio's top elections official is appealing a court decision that requires a new system to verify thousands of newly registered voters.

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner Thursday said her office filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.  Brunner says checks already exist to determine voter eligibility in the state.

On Tuesday, a federal appeals court ordered Brunner to use government records to check for voter registration fraud.  The court also ordered her to make the information available to Ohio's 88 county (local) election boards.

Ohio's Republican Party chairman, Bob Bennett, had accused Brunner, a Democrat, of concealing fraudulent voter registrations in the hotly contested state.

A liberal civic group, ACORN, has been accused of voter registration fraud in Ohio and several other states. 

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.