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Voting Rights Groups Allege Illegal Purge of Election Rolls in Ohio

Andrew Welsh-Huggins

The latest challenge of voting procedures contends the state’s system eliminates names of registered voters based on their failure to vote. The lawsuit naming Secretary of State Jon Husted specifically alleges the illegal cancellation of registered voters who are homeless.

The lawsuit is related to a separate, ongoing complaint alleging laws and procedures for counting provisional ballots create hurdles for voters, particularly minorities.

The “supplemental process,” as Ohio’s voter roll maintenance program is known, “has led to, and threatens to continue to result in, the disenfranchisement of eligible Ohio voters,” according to the lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the New York-based public advocacy group Demos.

Read more at the Associated Press