Federal Court Orders New York State to Include Names of Inactive Voters at Polling Places

U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan issued the order in Common Cause N.Y. v. Brehm on Friday. The Gothamist has this story, and Lawyers’ Committee this press release.

The order follows a four-day bench trial in October. From its conclusion:

The Court concludes that New York’s refusal to provide inactive lists at polling locations violates the Equal Protection Clause. The State is therefore ordered to provide the names of inactive voters registered to vote in a particular election district to the poll workers of that election district. The Court further concludes that the State’s affidavit-ballot process does not violate the Fourteenth Amendment. And the Court identifies three discrete voters as to whom the State violated the National Voter Registration Act.

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