The state of Ohio agreed to a settlement Monday with voting awareness groups Judicial Watch and True the Vote, effectively ending a lawsuit that lasted almost a year and a half. The case dates to August 2012, when the groups claimed Secretary of State Jon Husted hadn’t taken reasonable steps to keep ineligible voters out of polling places. Monday’s settlement, which involves no money, established nine criteria for Husted’s office to follow, ensuring compliance with the National Voter Registration Act, known widely as the “Motor Voter” Act.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton hopes those terms — set to last through November 2018 — will quash voter fraud in Ohio.
“It’s a historic settlement,” Fitton said. “It’s something the Justice Department should be doing but evidently they are only interested in registering new voters.”
The measures will bind Husted’s office to work with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and county boards of election to identify inactive voters and those voters who move inside the state.