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States pile on Ohio lawsuit seeking to restore integrity to voter registration lists

Either we want to know our elections are valid and voters are real – or we don’t

(NationalSentinel) Elections: Democrats have long discovered that one way to give their party a boost on election day is to attack voter identification and integrity laws that were designed to ensure free and fair balloting. But the state of Ohio – along with 15 other states – are now challenging a 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that somehow found scrubbing voter registration lists of outdated information, dead people and other discrepancies – even in accordance with federal law – is unconstitutional.

As reported by Lifezette, 15 states have joined Ohio’s suit and 14 filed an amicus brief on Monday in support of Ohio’s challenge.

“Keeping the state’s voter registry up to date is crucial to ensuring the integrity of our elections,” West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, whose state joined the amicus brief, said in a prepared statement released Monday.

“The process used in West Virginia and Ohio is important to that effort and fully consistent with federal law,” Morrisey continued. “We support this effort to make sure our secretary of state has the tools he needs to maintain free and fair elections.”

Lifezette:

Election integrity watchdogs say the 6th District ruling flies in the face of clear federal law and previous decisions from other courts upholding the scrubbing of voter rolls as constitutional.

“We originally filed an amicus brief in favor of Ohio at the district court level,” Logan Churchwell, spokesman for the Public Interest Legal Foundation, told LifeZette. “At the time, and still today, we argue that the state is certainly justified in its actions and pursuing the case to [the Supreme Court] for [two] reasons,” he said.

First, “federal law expressly allows officials to consider voter inactivity when performing list maintenance actions.” Secondly, “other federal judges have confirmed that processes identical to Ohio’s are lawful.”

In September, the 6th Circuit Court disagreed with an Ohio court’s ruling that scrubbing voter registration roles to ensure accuracy and timeliness was an unconstitutional violation of the National Voting Rights Act (NVRA). The court came to this goofy decision after Left-wing activist groups argued that the scrubbing unfairly disadvantages ethnic minorities, poor people, and the homeless, which is complete nonsense.

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Yet, this is a fight that is worth having, and it now appears headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Democrats pay lip service to the “free and fair voting” mantra, but what they’re really trying to do is make voter ID and confirmation so difficult or even non-existent that people who aren’t permitted legally to vote – illegal immigrants, felons, non-registrants – will be able to cast ballots like everyone else who complies with voting requirements.

The question for the high court is this: Do we want to be able to verify that citizens are who they say they are and are in compliance with voting requirements or not?

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