Watchdog group, Ohio reach deal over voter rolls

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Associated Press

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 5:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 5:06 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A conservative watchdog group has reached an agreement with Ohio's elections chief in a lawsuit that claimed the state was failing to maintain accurate voter registration lists.

The complaint from the Washington, D.C.-based Judicial Watch had alleged that certain Ohio counties had more registered voters than their total voting-age populations. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Columbus in August 2012 also claimed Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) failed to take reasonable steps to maintain clean voter rolls as required by federal law.

The parties agreed to settle on Friday.

A spokesman for Husted says the settlement formalizes the office's current practices. For instance, under the terms, Ohio agrees to let voters change their addresses online and encourages updated registration information.

The agreement will expire Nov. 10, 2018.

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