Monday, June 11 2018

Supreme Court upholds Ohio voter registration purge policy

Written by Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived Ohio’s contentious policy of purging infrequent voters from its registration rolls, dealing a setback to voting rights proponents who said the practice has disenfranchised thousands of registered voters.

In a 5-4 decision with the court’s conservatives in the majority, the justices overturned a lower court ruling that Ohio’s policy violated the National Voter Registration Act, a 1993 federal law that forbids removing voters from registration lists for failing to vote. The Republican-governed state argued that the policy was needed to keep voting rolls current, clearing out people who have moved away or died.

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