The American Civil Liberties Union and Common Cause Indiana scored in a legal win Friday after a federal judge stopped the state from implementing a law that would see voters removed from the rolls using a controversial tracking system.
According to Reuters, U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt agreed that the law runs afoul of the National Voter Registration Act, as it opened the possibility of disenfranchising eligible voters.
“The court agrees with Common Cause that the greater public interest is in allowing eligible voters to exercise their right to vote without being disenfranchised without notice,” Pratt wrote in her 28-page ruling.
“While the defendants have a strong public interest in protecting the integrity of voter registration rolls and the electoral process, they have other procedures in place that can protect that public interest that do not violate the NVRA,” Pratt wrote in granting a preliminary injunction.
State lawmakers passed the Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 442 last year, which allows elections officials to remove voters flagged by the Crosscheck system.
The system is supposed to pick up voters who have registered in another state and tag them for removal, but the ACLU argued that the system is flawed, threatening eligible voters:
The plaintiffs successfully argued that the legislation violated the National Voter Registration Act because that system relied on incomplete and sometimes flawed registration information, did not seek written confirmation from the voter before removing them and was not applied uniformly.
The Crosscheck system is administered by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who last year headed President Donald Trump’s commission looking into the president’s unfounded claims of massive voter fraud.