Supreme Court Allows Ohio Voter Purge

Supreme Court Allows Ohio Voter Purge

Bradford Queen, a spokesman for Grimes, said, "On the heels of the Supreme Court's decision today greenlighting Ohio's use-it-or-lose-it strategy for the removal of voters, Kentuckians can rest assured Secretary Grimes and the State Board of Elections will not waver in their dedication to protecting Kentuckians' fundamental right to vote".

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. Clyde said the process leads to the removal of eligible voters, and it's not necessary for the state to maintain accurate voter rolls. All four liberal justices dissented, and top Democrats said the decision will boost what they called Republican voter-suppression efforts.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented.

This presented a problem for OH because the state utilizes one of the strictest removal methods in the country, according to NBC News.

Monday's ruling concerning the battleground state comes as the country gears up for midterm elections this fall. Republicans generally say such moves are necessary to combat voter fraud, while Democrats see them as a way to restrict voting by minorities and young people who tend to vote Democratic.

Contaminated voters rolls pose an existential threat to the integrity of elections, yet according to the Public Interest Legal Foundation, as of previous year there were 141 counties with more registered voters than living people of voting age!

Under the OH regime, voters who don't vote in a two-year federal election cycle are sent mailers asking that they confirm they still reside where they are registered to vote.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld Ohio's method of removing voters who don't cast ballots for six consecutive years. If that person not respond and doesn't vote over the next four years, they are dropped from the registration list. If they do nothing, their names eventually fall off the list of registered voters.

Voting-rights groups led by the Ohio-based A. Philip Randolph Institute had challenged Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's (R) process of purging hundreds of thousands of voters.

"Communities that are disproportionately affected by unnecessarily harsh registration laws should not tolerate efforts to marginalize their influence in the political process, nor should allies who recognize blatant unfairness stand idly by", added Sotomayor, the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

Many states over the decades had erected barriers to voting, sometimes targeting black voters. Failure to return the notice "shows nothing at all that is statutorily significant", he wrote. "In Oregon, we believe that a registered voter should not lose their voting rights exclusively because they haven't participated recently".

"Democracy suffers when laws make it harder for U.S. Citizens to vote". Hasen said the lawsuit the court resolved Monday did not involve allegations of discrimination against minority voters, and he suggested the laws in OH and other states could be vulnerable to a legal challenge on those grounds.

Alito read the National Voter Registration Act in conjunction with the Help America Vote Act. It is part of a process that aims to identify people who have moved residences and are no longer eligible to vote.

This is a major victory for election integrity. He is running for lieutenant-governor this November on the Republican ticket headed by Mike DeWine, the current attorney general.

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