State resumes process of removing inactive voters from rolls

November 20, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s elections chief has resumed the state’s stringent process for removing inactive voters from the rolls.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) says he instructed Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections Tuesday to resume the so-called supplemental process that purges voters for not participating in elections over a six-year period.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the contested process in June. But Husted halted the process, saying he wouldn’t resume it until after the Nov. 6 election.

Husted, the lieutenant-governor elect, said Tuesday that Republicans and Democrats have carried out the process for 24 years.

Voting-rights groups had argued it violated a federal law intended to increase the ranks of registered voters.

Ohio Democratic Chairman David Pepper says the process makes it harder to exercise voting rights and shouldn’t resume.

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