Ohio’s elections chief has resumed the state’s stringent process for removing inactive voters from the rolls.
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted 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 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.
Writing for the majority in a 5-4 decision back in June, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that Ohio’s system to keep voter rolls up to date does not violate federal laws approved in 1993 and 2002 by Congress.
“We have no authority to second-guess Congress or to decide whether” Ohio’s law “is the ideal method for keeping its voting rolls up to date,” Alito wrote. “The only question before us is whether it violates federal law. It does not.”
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