Judge rejects claim alleging illegal purge of election rolls

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has rejected a lawsuit brought by voting rights groups that alleged the state’s process for purging election rolls is illegally removing eligible voters.

The lawsuit filed in April in federal court in Columbus contends Ohio’s system removes registered voters based on their failure to vote.

The lawsuit specifically alleges the illegal cancellation of registered voters who are homeless.

Judge George Smith said Wednesday Ohio’s procedures for maintaining voter registration rolls ensure the integrity of the election process.

Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted), a Republican, said Ohio manages voter rolls according to state and federal law. He said the ruling allows the state to “put another wasteful lawsuit behind us and focus on the important work of running elections in Ohio.”