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The ACLU joins the fight to stop Ohio from removing voters from the rolls
The organization believes the current process is illegal

Michael Bratton
Levenson says Ohio’s current program punishes voters.
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The ACLU of Ohio is threatening a lawsuit over the way Ohio removes people who have not voted from the voting rolls.

The organization sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today demanding that it stop a process that the civil liberties group calls illegal.

Legal Director Freda Levenson says Ohio’s current program punishes voters.

LISTEN: Levenson on the ACLU's concerns

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“Voters who haven’t moved shouldn’t be forced to re-register in order to maintain their status as active voters," said Levenson. "Under the secretary’s program, registered voters are being punished for expressing their First Amendment right not to vote.”

The organization also says the state’s purge of inactive voters this summer resulted in the removal of thousands of Ohio voters. Most of the voters removed this year last voted in 2008, a year with record turnout in the state.

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