Supreme Court allows Ohio, other state voter purges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can clean up their voting rolls by targeting people who haven’t cast ballots in a while, a case that has drawn attention amid stark partisan divisions and the approach of the 2018 elections.

By a 5-4 vote that split the conservative and liberal justices, the court rejected arguments in a case from Ohio that the practice violates a federal law intended to increase the ranks of registered voters. A handful of other states also use voters’ inactivity to trigger a process that could lead to their removal from the voting rolls.

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