Ohio’s elections chief has resumed the state’s stringent process for removing inactive voters from the rolls.
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) says he instructed Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections Tuesday to resume the so-called supplemental process that purges voters for not participating in elections over a six-year period.
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the contested process in June. But Husted halted the process, saying he wouldn’t resume it until after the Nov. 6 election.
Husted, the lieutenant-governor elect, said Tuesday that Republicans and Democrats have carried out the process for 24 years.
Voting-rights groups had argued it violated a federal law intended to increase the ranks of registered voters.
Ohio Democratic Chairman David Pepper says the process makes it harder to exercise voting rights and shouldn’t resume.