CNN: Supreme Court Struggles with Ohio Voter Roll Case


The Supreme Court struggled on Wednesday with a dispute in a voting rights case concerning whether Ohio's method of removing names from its rolls violates federal law.


Alito agreed the issue was "important" and "sensitive" but said the court's job was to interpret the statute at hand. He was the most vocal critic of the challengers' position and told their lawyer, Paul M. Smith, that Ohio's system does not say that the failure to vote is the only ground for removal, instead saying, "moving out of the district is a ground for removal." Roberts noted that Ohio's process is not just triggered by a voter's failure to vote -- it is coupled with the notification process which serves the mandates of the federal law.

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