In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court gave Ohio a victory Monday in a fight over the state’s method for removing people from the voter rolls, a practice that civil rights groups said discourages minority turnout.
Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the majority opinion, said the court’s job was not “to decide whether Ohio’s supplemental process is the ideal method for keeping its voting rolls up to date. The only question before us is whether it violates federal law. It does not.” At least a dozen other politically conservative states said they would adopt a similar practice of seeking to remove voters who have not cast a ballot in a certain number of elections if Ohio prevailed, as a way of keeping their voter registration lists accurate and up to date.
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