CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Secretary of State Mac Warner won a crucial victory Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court that will protect election integrity in West Virginia and beyond.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that a commonly used process to maintain the accuracy of voter lists does not violate federal election laws. The case centered on a process used in Ohio, however a similar method is used in West Virginia and 12 other states.
“Preserving an accurate, effective and efficient means of maintaining voter registration is crucial to ensuring the integrity of elections in West Virginia,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “The Supreme Court’s ruling confirms that the process used by several states, including West Virginia, is constitutional and in line with federal law.”
West Virginia law requires counties to mail a confirmation notice to those persons who have not voted in any election during the preceding four calendar years, the period of which begins in the year following a presidential election, or who have not otherwise updated their voter registration. This procedure is aimed at keeping the voter rolls current by identifying those who may have moved without filing a forwarding address, among other reasons.
“Today’s decision is a mandate that all election officials must work hard to maintain clean and accurate voter rolls. I congratulate my friend, Secretary Husted, in fighting and prevailing in the High Court,” said Secretary of State Mac Warner. "Since taking office last year, we have made great strides by eliminating 98,205 voter records thanks to the great cooperation between county clerks and our Office.”
“Participation in free and fair elections begins with an accurate voter registration process backed up by accurate voter files,” added Secretary of State Warner.
West Virginia supported Ohio at the Supreme Court as part of a Georgia-led coalition with attorneys general from Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.