“Federal court says Ohio’s system for purging voters violates federal law”


The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Fridaythat Ohio’s reliance on lack of voting activity as a trigger for purging people from the voting rolls violates federal law.

In a 2-1 opinion, the appellate court reversed a lower court decision.

The dissenting judge said he rushed his dissent so there would be time for Supreme Court review, if requested by Ohio. No word on that yet. But I’d expect Ohio getting a reversal on this on an emergency basis to be a long shot given that this is a 2-1 ruling [corrected], and given (at least from my initial read of the case) that both the majority and dissenting opinions’ interpretations of the interactions of two federal statutes (the NVRA and HAVA) seem plausible.


Comments are closed.