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Appeals court rules Ohio violated federal election law

By Marc Kovac | R-C Capital Bureau Published: September 23, 2016 3:32 PM

COLUMBUS -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled Friday that Ohio violated federal election law with its method for removing people from the voter rolls, remanding the case for further consideration.

The result was met with cheers from voting rights advocates, who have been critical of Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted and the way the state purged formerly eligible voters.

"Today's decision is a victory for voters, voting rights and common sense," State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) said in a statement. "Husted must stop illegally purging eligible and registered voters. Now, Ohioans who are registered and show up to vote can be confident that their ballots will be counted instead of thrown out. This decision upholds the fundamental right to vote, and the purpose of the National Voter Registration Act: to register eligible voters and keep eligible voters on the rolls."

Husted, in a separate statement, said the decision could be appealed.

"It is one thing to strike down a longstanding procedure; it is another to craft a workable remedy," he said. "To that end, if the final resolution requires us to reinstate voting eligibility to individuals who have died or moved out of Ohio, we will appeal."

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See Saturday's Record-Courier for the complete story.


Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at mkovac@dixcom.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.

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