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. Ethan of NJ

    Hooray, another victory for democracy. Don't forget to VOTE!

    October 30, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Wendy Button says about Obama is not right

    Wendy Button Biography
    As a biography, She has been a speechwriter for Barack Obama and Michelle Obama right up until recent weeks. She was earlier a writer for John Kerry and John Edwards. Later for Hillary Clinton before joining the Obama campaign. She graduated from the prestigious Bennington College with an MFA degree in writing. Wendy resides in Washington D.C

    I can no longer justify what this party has done and can’t dismiss the treatment of women and working people as just part of the new kind of politics. It’s wrong and someone has to say that. And also say that the Democratic Party’s talking points—that Senator John McCain is just four more years of the same and that he’s President Bush—are now just hooker lines that fit a very effective and perhaps wave-winning political argument…doesn’t mean they’re true. After all, McCain is the only one who’s worked in a bipartisan way on big challenges.

    October 30, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Excellent!!

    Way to go Michigan supremes – stop voter suppression!

    October 30, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. vahe

    all those people were Democrats too

    October 30, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Sarah Palin the Alaskan Lobbyist

    What the hell does Senator Edwards have to do with this story?

    Is CNN playing around with fuzzy math again?

    I'm calling this one a FOUL!

    October 30, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. dave harlow

    Bow you Dem are a mean bunch. you don't even know what you are talking about and you are out in the streets with pitchforks and lanterns wanting hang someone... nowhere did this say it was McCain or Rep.

    You guys need to go have a cold beer someplace...

    October 30, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. McCain/Palin Tidal Wave

    If Obama really is SO far ahead in all these polls...

    * WHY does he need all the Democratic heavy hitters to come out on the trail for him?

    * WHY does he need to spend more money than EVERY company expect AT&T and Verizon on advertising?

    I'd guess the Obama internal polls are showing the same thing the McCain internal polls are showing.

    October 30, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Karen

    Why is it always ok for Republicans to do what they do and hate on those who do the right thing. They all make me sick especially Palin. Didn't she make a comment that "Sambo beat the Bi*t#%" when Obama won the nomination. I bet no one will investigate that. If you are going to be racist don't be a coward about it.

    October 30, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Wow

    I'm glad the names are being added back to the voter rolls. But, if MI was close, the Republicans would never have let this happen.

    October 30, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Winnie Hussein . . . in Montana

    Good job, Judge(s)! It's about time someone stops this biased purging!

    As to a prior post:

    Don't be Fooled:

    You should have stopped at your are a McCain supporter because that automatically creates suspicion about the root of your complaints. Second, I donated money and so did millions of good Americans. Third, check out salon.com, one of the reporters tried using fake names and real credit card numbers to donate to BOTH candidates' websites. Guess what? Both websites took the donations, the only difference was that McCain's website gave the user a message that there was something wrong with the transaction. He tried twice more and found out the next day that his credit card had been charged three times by McCain's campaign. So, as far as the "illegal" donations made on websites – both are guilty.

    October 30, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. The Tax Payer Revolution begins Nov 4 (Producers vs. Moochers and Looters)

    Hooray for Democracy! 5,500 questionable and likely illegitimate votes now have a court-mandated opportunity to cancel out the votes of 5,500 legitimate voters! What a great day for our nation!

    Up next: how to stuff a ballot box!

    October 30, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. NoMcSame

    The good Lords hands are all over this election. Making right all that has been wrong over the years. Obama/Biden08

    October 30, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. fella from Chicago

    No Dem idiots, McCain backed out of Michigan awhile back knowing it was a lost cause. No attempt of Republican voter fraud here unless the Dems were perpetrating it on themselves. God I wish you people would read a newspaper once in a while and learn what's going on instead of just following the other sheep to the voting booth and voting blindly for the welfare Socialist.

    October 30, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Karen

    If they can't get there honestly they will take it.

    October 30, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Charles Smith

    You will not steal this election. Voting is a right not a privledge.

    October 30, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Phoenix

    Even when Hillary was running, I said count the votes. Yes, I am an Obama supporter, but I believe that the vote is the single time that my voice can be heard. Even if it doesn't go my way, my voice is still out there.


    October 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Voter

    The Republicans try to purge voters yet try to point the finger at Obama for ACORN employees registering Mickey Mouse, Luke Skywalker etc. to make $8 and hour. This is 2 states Republicans do this... the other was Georgia (Louisiana?) and 50k voters!

    October 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Your voice counts!

    Go vote your future. Both these guys are rich so, think about yourself. I do believe McCain is in a little trouble, when my sister and her husband votes, i mean, they never vote nor care about candidates. I think McCain might be surprised here in GA.

    October 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. ANGIE


    October 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Deb

    Senator Obama knows what he is up against and how elections have been stolen in the past. This time around he is ready for their antics.

    October 30, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Blue By You

    Another victory for the people! How do you like them apples, GOP?

    October 30, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. arc, Lugano CH


    This is a must-see bi-partisan documentary for educated global-minded voters. The dire situation that the United States now finds itself on the domestic, economic and foreign relations fronts are a result of outright criminal election fraud by the Bush Administration and the Republican Party.

    Demand Justice not 'if' but 'when' John McCain attempts the same strategy!!! McCain is a sickly old liar and will cheat to win!!!

    October 30, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Debbie in Missouri

    Voting is an American right and you can't take that away !

    Americans are watching this nonsense and we will remember come election day who to vote for.

    God Bless America.

    Thank you for hope Senator Obama.

    October 30, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. rusell

    I don't mean to get off the subject , but Obama has run a really thorough campaign, this goes to show all of the hater's out there that this man knows what he's doing , if he runs a campaign like that of course he'll run the country with new young and inovative ideas ,what is Mcain runnning on ?well I don't know because he has switched his position so much he may not know what platform he's running on .

    October 30, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    I am seriously concerned that the Republican party has a cadre of IT wizs who have hacked/are hacking the voting machines all around the nation creating a sernario not unlike the Robin Williams' movie in which he gets erroneoulss elected by a simple macro formula in the computers.

    This is not an exaggerated paranoia since we have people in the US who could actually do this. Specifically, how secure are our voting machines?

    October 30, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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