COLUMBUS (AP) — A federal judge rejected a voting rights group’s latest arguments Wednesday that voters were illegally purged from Ohio’s voting rolls.
U.S. District Judge George C. Smith largely sided with the state’s arguments defending confirmation notices sent to voters that set off a removal process tied to failure to participate in the election process, in another blow to the A. Phillip Randolph Institute.
The institute’s broader argument that Ohio’s election administration process was unconstitutional lost in the U.S. Supreme Court in June, but the group continued to contest the legality of the notices.
Acknowledging the effort may have been “an end run around the Supreme Court’s decision and a final attempt to have the previously removed voters reinstated,” the court allowed arguments to go forward.
Smith ordered Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted to continue using the state’s current confirmation forms, which have been repeatedly revised in response to years of legal wrangling.
Wednesday’s decision effectively makes Husted’s voluntary changes permanent. The judge also ordered him to make one additional change to make them compliant with the National Voting Rights Act, which is adding information telling people who move out of state how to remain eligible to vote.