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Federal judge deals another blow to group challenging Ohio’s voter roll purge

October 10, 2018

Federal judge deals another blow to group challenging Ohio’s voter roll purge

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that notification forms Ohio sends to voters in its process to remove inactive voters from its rolls are compliant with federal law, dealing another blow to a group challenging the state’s voter purge process.

The plaintiffs suing Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and others said all voters the state deleted from the rolls from 1995 through 2016 through the disputed process upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court were actually removed unlawfully because the state’s notices for removal didn’t comply with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

U.S. District Judge George Smith disagreed in a ruling issued Wednesday, largely ruling against the plaintiffs. He declined a request reinstate all eligible voters who were sent the notices, or to order any other measures to protect their voting rights in next month’s election.

This story will be updated.

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