Posted: September 19, 2008
Advancement Project and ACLU Sue Over Unlawful Voter Purging in Michigan
The Advancement Project and the ACLU are suing Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, Michigan Bureau of Elections Director Christopher M. Thomas, and Ypsilanti Clerk Frances McMullen over allegedly unlawful voter registration purge programs. The programs in question automatically remove voters who obtain a driver's license in another state and whose voter identification cards are returned by the post office as undeliverable. Plaintiffs claim these programs do not provide adequate notice to voters and violate the NVRA. Plaintiffs also allege young voters and minority voters wil be disproportionately affected by these practices. Election Law @ Moritz will soon begin tracking the case in its Major Pending Cases database.