In an incredible turn of events, Judicial Watch announced today that U.S. District Court Judge George C. Smith rejected an attempt by the AFL-CIO’s Philip Randolph Institute to reinstate 1.5 million potentially ineligible voters onto the rolls in Ohio.
“This second failed challenge to Ohio’s voter law came after the U.S. Supreme Court, on June 11, 2018, upheld an Ohio law providing that the State had to send address confirmation notices to all registered voters who had not voted in the previous two years.”
“This ruling has the effect of also upholding a 2014 settlement agreement between Judicial Watch and Ohio, which required Ohio to use that same procedure as part of a regular Supplemental Mailing designed to identify whether registered Ohio voters had moved away – one of many steps intended to fulfill Ohio’s obligations under the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) to maintain the integrity of its voter list.”
In the previous ruling, Judge Smith warned that the court challenge “could potentially be viewed as an end run around the Supreme Court’s decision.”
“Judicial Watch filed amicus briefs at each stage of the Supreme Court litigation, which ultimately upheld Ohio’s Supplemental Process and returned the case to the District Court.”
Attorney for the group and the director of the organization’s Election Integrity Project, Robert Popper, “joined with five other former attorneys of the Civil Rights Division Attorneys of the Justice Department to file an amici curiae brief in the Husted case.”
“Great news: another federal court turned aside a leftist attempt to dirty up the voting rolls and undermine clean elections. Dirty voting rolls can mean dirty elections. We will keep pushing in the courts to make sure other states take reasonable steps to make sure the names of dead people and people who have moved away are removed from election rolls,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
In addition to its settlement agreement with Ohio, “Judicial Watch’s win in Kentucky resulted in a historic consent decree requiring Kentucky to take steps to clean its election rolls.”
The legal group has also been triumphant in an NVRA lawsuit against Indiana, which caused that state to voluntarily clean up its rolls.
“In North Carolina, Judicial Watch supported implementation of the state’s election integrity reform laws, filing amicus briefs in the Supreme Court in March 2017. And in April 2018, Judicial Watch filed an amicus brief in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Alabama’s voter ID law.”
“In Georgia, Judicial Watch filed an amicus brief in support of Secretary Brian Kemp’s list maintenance process against a lawsuit by left-wing groups. Judicial Watch and Georgia won when the lawsuit was dismissed after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Ohio.”
What this means is that slowly, but surely, states are being required to comply with the law concerning the eligibility of voters.
This sort of litigation can be tedious, but is crucial for ensuring the integrity of United States elections. In fact, many conservatives feel like a debt of gratitude is owed to the watchdog group, which has done more to illuminate the many abuses and lies of the Obama administration than probably any other.
These wins are just in time for the crucial midterm elections, held on November 6.