Elections chief questions ruling on voter purge

Voters cast their ballot at the athletic wing of Orange High School, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Moreland Hills, Ohio. Election officials in two of Ohio's counties say lines of voters dwindled some after an early wave of Ohioans who cast their ballots early in the state's general election. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Voters cast their ballot at the athletic wing of Orange High School, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Moreland Hills, Ohio. Election officials in two of Ohio's counties say lines of voters dwindled some after an early wave of Ohioans who cast their ballots early in the state's general election. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio’s elections chief says a federal appeals court ruling effectively forces the swing state to place voters who have died or moved on its registration lists.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted defended the state’s process for maintaining its voter rolls on Friday after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati found the procedure violates federal law.

Husted says the ruling overturns 20 years of practice.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the public advocacy group Demos challenged the state’s process, saying it illegally drops registered voters based on their failure to vote.

The ACLU says in a statement that it’s “very happy” with the ruling.

The appeals court returned the case to a lower court to determine a remedy for voters improperly removed.

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