CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Secretary of State Mac Warner applauded a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court they say will “protect election integrity in West Virginia and beyond.”

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in favor of an Ohio effort to remove people from the state’s voting rolls if they do not vote for multiple years as well as fail to respond to a notice from election officials.

West Virginia has a similar law, in which counties are required to mail a notice for those who have not voted in any election over a four-year period.

“Preserving an accurate, effective and efficient means of maintaining voter registration is crucial to ensuring the integrity of elections in West Virginia,” 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.”

Warner said 98,205 voters have been eliminated from its records as part of the effort.

“Participation in free and fair elections begins with an accurate voter registration process backed up by accurate voter files,” he said.

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