October 30th, 2008
02:40 PM ET
10 years ago

Court: Michigan must return purged names to voter rolls

Sen. Obama campaigned in East Lansing, Michigan at the beginning of this month.

Sen. Obama campaigned in East Lansing, Michigan at the beginning of this month.

(CNN) – A federal appeals court has agreed with a lower court and ordered the state of Michigan to add the names of 5,500 voters back onto the voters rolls.

Click here to read the appeals court's opinion

The names were purged when mail sent to the voters by local election officials was returned as undeliverable. Purging the names was permitted under Michigan law but violated the federal National Voter Registration Act which limits the circumstances under which a state may remove a voter from the rolls.

The appeals court explained that Michigan’s practice caused affected voters to “face wrongful disenfranchisement.”

Related: Lawsuit alleges Colorado voters illegally purged

Filed under: Michigan • Voter Problems
soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. Tom, KS

    Thank you for fight Michigan! Now get out there and VOTE!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. Bea

    Thank you...now report on how W was dissed by the Ohio courts..trying to interfere with Ohio voting rights..lol

    October 30, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Travis In Colorado

    How can CNN report that Obama has a double digit lead over McCain in Colorado? They must not have talked to people in the southern part of this great state, because every where I look, I see signs that say McCain/Palin 08! And this is in white communities, this is in migrant communities, this is in spaniard/latino communities! If they look in my yard, they will see McCain/Palin 08 signs. McCain is the clear choice for Colorado!

    October 30, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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