Supreme Court Upholds Ohio Voter Registration Removal Method

The controversial decision disheartens Democrats and emboldens Republicans.

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Ohio’s method of removing names from its voter rolls does not violate federal law.

The law allows an address confirmation notice be sent to voters who have not engaged in voter activity for two years. If a voter returns the notice or responds through the Internet then the information is updated. It should be noted that the notices are sent via prepaid mail. If the notice is ignored or the voter fails to update a registration over the next four years, the registration is canceled.

The ruling comes as the country gears up for heated midterm elections this fall. Six other states have similar laws. Now, there is legitimate fear that the ruling could encourage other states to pass similar laws.
“We have no authority to second-guess Congress or to decide whether Ohio’s process is the ideal method for keeping its voting rolls up to date,” stated Justice Samuel Alito. “The only question before us is whether it violates federal law.”
In a time when voter registration laws are under increased scrutiny, the historic nature of this ruling cannot be ignored. Those who propose more lax voter registration see the ruling as a blow. Another hardship for voters to overcome. Champions of the law however state it lowers voter fraud and allows the state to keep an accurate voter count.
Thus far there is no evidence the law actually suppresses voting. Which is what many critics claim it can and will do. Supporters claim it forces voters to be more involved in the election process. What it actually does, only time will tell.
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