DOJ Passes on Ohio

Well, not so fast. After a report in The Washington Post last weekend indicated that the White House had requested that the Justice Department look into 200,000 names on the voter rolls that were in question, the DOJ has reportedly decided to pass.

The Post originally reported that the White House sought to reconfirm registration information for 200,000 new Ohio voters before November 4, weighing in on an issue that had been a central partisan legal battle for weeks. Only a week before, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a case brought by the Ohio Republican Party over the same issue.

But now The New York Times reports that the DOJ will not pursue litigation in the matter:

The Department of Justice will not require Ohio to disclose the names of voters whose registration applications did not match other government databases, according to two people familiar with discussions between state and federal lawyers.

It makes you wonder how many of these threatened voter fraud, voter registration fraud, etc. charges will stick and how aggressively the DOJ (and now the White House) will pursue them?

Matthew Brian Hersh served as senior editor at Shelterforce from March 2008 to October 2012. He studied English at Rutgers University and has spent his professional career in journalism, policy, and politics.


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