This Week: Appeals Court Won’t Let Indiana Go Back To Purging People Without Warning Them

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Appeals Court Smacks Down Indiana’s Purge Process: An appeals court on Tuesday schooled Indiana on why it is illegal to purge people off the rolls without first giving them a warning. Indiana was using CrossCheck — an interstate database that finds matches of people who appear to be registered in multiple states — to automatically purge voters without first sending them the notices mandated by the National Voter Registration Act. With the appeals court’s decision, a lower court’s freeze on the practice will stay in place while the case is litigated.

Obama’s New Redistricting Initiative: The latest volley in the redistricting wars came in the form of a redistricting education campaign announced by former President Barack Obama Tuesday. The initiative is affiliated with Eric Holder’s redistricting group and seeks to train grassroots activists to play a role in pushing for fair maps after the 2020 census.

Redistricting Reform Group To Defend MI Commission: A judge okayed the request by the group Voters Not Politicians to intervene in a lawsuit brought against the commission the group pushed in Michigan. The group will defend the commission alongside Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, who is being sued by a group of Republican operatives and politicians.

The Landscape of Felon Voting Rights: Common Cause released a new report examining felon disenfranchisement in the United States. Among its findings is that, among all of the felons and ex-felons who don’t have the right to vote, more than 50% of them are being disenfranchised after they had completed their sentences.

DHS Ramps Up Efforts To Protect Voter Rolls From Cyber-Attack: The federal government is planning to launch a new program to assist states in defending their voter registration data from cyber-intrusions. In the 2016, Illinois’ voter registration database was infiltrated by Russian hackers and the election systems of several other states were unsuccessfully targeted.

Ohio Settles Voter Purge Litigation: Voters who were removed from the rolls in purges going back to 2011 will get to vote in upcoming elections as long as they still live in the counties in which the registered, under a new settlement in the litigation over the purges.

Ohio is still moving forward with another purge next month, however. And Ohio’s Secretary of State Frank LaRose is now facing a new lawsuit brought Friday by Ohio’s Democratic Party over the upcoming purge. The lawsuit alleges that the purge violates the U.S. Constitution, Ohio’s state constitution, Ohio state law, and the Help America Vote Act. The Democrats are asking for a court issue a temporary restraining order to pause the purge, which is slated to occur Sept. 6.

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