U.S. Supreme Court Rules Ohio Can Purge Inactive Voters From Rolls

Ohio Rep. Kathleen Clyde a Kent Democrat said she would end the state's process of removing voters from the rolls after they fail to cast ballots for six consecutive years upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court if elected secretary of state. Her opponent H

Ohio Rep. Kathleen Clyde a Kent Democrat said she would end the state's process of removing voters from the rolls after they fail to cast ballots for six consecutive years upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court if elected secretary of state. Her opponent H

The Supreme Court gave OH the green light to remove voters from the state's registration records if they have not voted in at least two years.

The justices rejected arguments that practices by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted violate a federal law meant to increase the ranks of registered voters.

What's more, they said, they anxious that the ruling now gives other states a blueprint from which to conduct their own voter purges.

OH state officials argued that the practice is an attempt to keep the list of registered voters up to date, removing people, for example, who have moved to another state.

The state said the policy was needed to keep voting rolls current, removing people who have moved away or died.

OH sends a notice to registered voters who fail to cast a ballot over a two-year period. "Instead, as expressly permitted by federal law, it removes registrants only when they have failed to vote and have failed to respond to a change-of-residence notice". Apparently I'm getting better at this Supreme Court prediction stuff! "The only question before us", Alito made clear, is whether the practice "violates federal law".

Other states have taken steps to erase duplicate voter registrations without imperiling someone's right to vote. That's because minorities, young people and those with lower incomes are more likely to be disenfranchised by the state's policy.

"In the state's three largest counties that include Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, voters have been struck from the rolls in Democratic-leaning neighborhoods at roughly twice the rate as in Republican neighborhoods", Reuters wrote in their report.

The ruling revives the battleground state's process for managing its voter rolls after an appeals court invalidated it in 2016.

"The right to vote is not 'use it or lose it, ' Carson said".

Republican President Donald Trump's administration backed OH, reversing the stance taken by Democratic former President Barack Obama's administration against the policy, and welcomed the ruling. "You need something more than just differential stats", Levitt, a former top official in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, said in a telephone interview with TPM.

"This wrongly decided decision paves the way to mass disenfranchisement in OH and around the country", top House of Representatives Democrat Nancy Pelosi added.

The case came about when Larry Harmon challenged the process arguing that he was removed from the rolls even though he had not moved, but rather had opted not to vote in 2009 and 2010. This term, it faces cases from Wisconsin and Maryland challenging what opponents claim were election maps drawn by state legislators for purely partisan gain. Other states begin the purge process after a voter goes an entire four-year cycle without casting a ballot.

"Leftists opposed to election integrity suffered a big defeat today". All four of the Court's Democrats joined a dissenting opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a separate dissent.

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