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Trump administration sides with Ohio on purging voter rolls

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - President Donald Trump's administration has reversed the government's position on a voter roll case before the U.S. Supreme Court and is now backing Ohio's method for purging voters.

A Justice Department filing on Monday said the department determined Ohio's method does not violate the National Voter Registration Act.

Civil liberties groups are challenging the state's program for removing thousands of people from voter rolls based on their failure to vote in recent elections.

The groups say Ohio is unfairly disenfranchising eligible Ohio voters.

The government's filing said it reconsidered its position following the change in administrations. The Justice Department under President Barack Obama said Ohio's method was prohibited.

The American Civil Liberties Union called the reversal disappointing.

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