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The Power to Vote: Use it or Lose It?

 

 

The Supreme Court ruled states can purge voters from their voting databases who don’t vote AND fail to respond to mailed notices.

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Background

  • Ohio procedure allows the state to remove voters from the registry who haven’t voted for 2 years & fail to respond to mailed notices confirming they are still eligible to vote w/in four years.
  • SCOTUS ruled against a challenge to this policy.
  • Ruling directly impacts 6 other states w/similar policies (GA, MT OK, OR, PA & WV).
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Why It Matters

Federal law prohibits states from removing voters from registration solely because of their failure to vote.

The Supreme Court said Ohio’s procedure does NOT violate the law because “it removes registrants only when they have failed to vote and have failed to respond to a change-of-residence notice.”

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HE Said / HE Said

DNC Chair Tom Perez called the ruling “an attack on democracy” and a “power grab by a Republican Party that wants to make it harder for people to vote.”

Ohio’s Republican Sec. of State Jon Husted called it “a victory for electoral integrity.” Husted is running for lieutenant governor in November.

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Remember: Ohio is a swing state; it can swing republican or democrat in state/national elections. That's part of the reason why this case has heightened attention, as the voting rolls are HIGHLY important for both parties.

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