Supreme Court to Hear Ohio Voter Purge Policy

Voter Registration Comes to the Supreme Court Again.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Ohio’s appeal of a lower court ruling that blocked the state’s policy of purging people from voter-registration lists if they do not regularly cast ballots. The lower court found that the policy violated federal law. The justices will review a U.S. appeals court ruling that Ohio’s policy was in violation of the National Voter Registration Act.

Officials in Ohio have argued that canceling registrations for voters deemed inactive for six years helped keep voting rolls current and accurate.

Last year the ACLU sued Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, arguing that the state was violating the National Voter Registration Act, which prohibits states from striking registered voters “by reason of the person’s failure to vote.” The 6th Circuit agreed and ruled it unlawful.

Under Ohio’s policy, if registered voters miss voting for two years, they are sent registration confirmation notices. If they do not respond and do not vote over the following four years, they are removed from the rolls.

 

The National Voter Registration Act requires states to permit registration by mail or when eligible people apply for or renew a driver’s license, or visiting certain government agencies or military recruiting offices.

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