October 30th, 2008
02:40 PM ET
5 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. Liberated!

    Hell yeah they need to add the names back. I betcha its the democrats whose names got purge. Can't trust these thieving Repugnants!

    October 30, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Ratboy

    Nice try, Republicans. Points for the effort, but better luck next time. Besides, you were going to lose Michigan anyway, so no big deal.

    October 30, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    Looks like the rethuglican plot of trying to hijack this election too is not working everywhere. hahaha

    October 30, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Billy

    Uh... medical records released from Palin yet? You know, like every other VP candidate has done since the modern times? You know, since Palin promised to release her medical records 9 days ago?

    WHERE ARE PALINS MEDICAL RECORDS??

    CNN, why are you letting them get away with this? You know Palin is hiding something yet you refuse to make her follow through on her word.

    October 30, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Mccain/Palin are liars!

    Republican scum, anything to steal the election!

    October 30, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Nimi from NY

    Good.

    October 30, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. John the Gulf War Vet

    Senator McCain you are no hero, you are a terrorist.

    Your campaign advisor was a Saddam Hussein lobbyist for 5 years.
    You pal around with Gordon Liddy, domestic terrorist.
    You are a member of "The Project for a New American Century" – a radical extremist terrorist orginization.
    Your VP candidate's husband Todd Palin is a domestic terrorist in the Alaskan Independence Party.
    You have given $500,000 to PLO, a group that McCain himself says are terrorists.
    You have met with Chilean Dictator Pinochet, a terrorist.
    Your using FOX NEWS, the Bush Administration, The Justice Department to commit voter intimidation & suppression is a act of terrorism.

    John McCain you are a disgrace to your uniform!

    October 30, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Bit

    Now that's what you call BEING AMERICAN!

    October 30, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Borat

    BLAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    TAKE THAT REPUBLICANS

    October 30, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Kiah G.

    Nice! Another GOP suppression scam foiled. NOT THIS TIME GOP...win on your own merit. If McCain and Palin are such great candidates why are trying to find other ways for them to win?

    Obama/Biden 08 & 12

    October 30, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Grumpy Gramps and the Diva are wrong for the USA

    Strike One RNC!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. No Hillary = No Obama

    What's with Michigan? A jailed mayor; Chrysler sinking into oblivion; punishment for not following primary election dates, giving Hillary a hard time and then lavishing Obama. Now returning the purged. No wonder McCain pulled out.

    October 30, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Voter suppression is a GOP tool. Take this tool from their hands and they lose elections.

    So...TAKE THIS TOOL FROM THEIR HANDS!

    October 30, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Steve

    Nice try, Michigan. I'd make a bet that most of those names were registered Democrats and independents.

    October 30, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. voting for Obama

    GOOD

    And to those trying to cast doubt by speaking of ACORN: it was REGISTRATION fraud, not VOTER fraud. Mickey Mouse can't vote unless he has a valid ID, and that is doubtful. What is more voter fraud was the flyers in DC telling Democrats to vote on the wrong day.

    ENOUGH

    October 30, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. OBAMA FOR MIDDLE AMERICA!

    THE SHOW MOVED ME & MY HUSBAND TO TEARS, IT GAVE ME HOPE FOR HUMANITY. I KNOW OBAMA WILL HELP US MORE THAN MR. MCCAIN. HE JUST GETS IT! "AND THOSE AMBER WAVES OF GRAIN" SPOT ON!

    "THAT IS THE ONE" 08

    October 30, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. Irony

    Looks like the Republican's dirty tricks are not going to stand this time, or ever again!

    It's time to take our country back, vote Obama!

    October 30, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. Cathy

    I am glad they have to add the names back to the voter rolls. I am tired of the GOP croonies trying to deny citizens their rights to vote.

    People, please vote and take someone else with you. This election is too important to not exercise your right to vote.

    Obama/Biden 2008!

    October 30, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. Student in NY

    YESSSSS!!! Great to see the Courts checking and balancing and pushing back the republican's ACTUAL attempts to suppress the vote. MILLIONS have already been disenfranchised by RETHUGLICANS. ACORN's acts are CHILD'S PLAY compared to what these people are doing, because the one thing the HYSTERICAL McShalin Ticket either doesn't realize or chooses to blatantly ignore is the fact that ACORN'S FAKE NAMES WON'T SHOW UP AND VOTE ANYWAY! BUT THE PURGED VOTERS ARE REAL PEOPLE WHO CAN AND SHOULD VOTE!!!!!!! THANK GOD FOR THE LAW-

    Obama's message has been positive and solution-oriented–McShalin has done nothing but lob petty attacks and scramble to find a new attack message of the day..ONE MORE THING

    MCCAIN'S ORGANIZATION PAID KHALIDI 500k–HE HAS FARRR MORE EXTENSIVE CONNECTIONS TO THAT MAN THAN BO

    JOE THE STUDENT APPROVES THE COURT'S MOVES-A REAL JOE–AND A REAL AMERICAN FOR THE REAL TICKET OF CHANGE OBAMA/BIDEN!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. PA Voter

    Yeah, where ARE Sarah Palin's medical records? Cutting it kinda close, eh? wink wink

    October 30, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. vahe

    good job>>>>> not this time Crooks.. gop are full of crooks

    October 30, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Country first

    respect for the law and people. Can you afford four more years?

    October 30, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. Commonwealth of Virginia

    Precisely what i said in the previous ticker. Voter registration fraud in't voter fraud. But purging votes, that's down right criminal.

    October 30, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. Dave in Houston

    Yet another good thing about Early Voting: some of the cheating that the Rape-ublicans have been doing for years can be rectified by Election Day.

    October 30, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. Wow

    I'm so excited to have participated in Obama's Campaign, I hope and pray he wins BIG!

    October 30, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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