Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Ohio Can Resume Purging Millions of Voters

State's Policy Has Impacted Minority Voters Disproportionately

Today the US Supreme Court agreed to hear Ohio's appeal of a court ruling that prevents it from aggressive purging of voter rolls.

Ohio has strict rules on the books under which citizens must use-or-lose their Constitutional voting rights.  Under Ohio's policy, if a registered voter misses voting for 2 years, he or she is sent a registration confirmation notice.  If the voter then doesn't respond and doesn't vote within the next 4 years, he or she is purged from the rolls.  To date, more than 2 million voters have been purged from the rolls in this way.  Even if you believe all the inflated and unfounded talk of voter fraud, 2 million is a staggering number. 

According to an independent analysis, whose voting rights are taken most often?  Minorities.  This is no surprise, as we've seen statistics showing the disparate impact that voting restrictions impact minorities the most.

A citizen's right to vote is a fundamental, Constitutional right.  Unlike driving, hunting, or numerous other activities for which the state can set restrictive requirements, there is a high threshold for limiting the right to vote.  Ohio's application of this policy does not meet that standard, and -- according to federal courts that have reviewed it to date -- it violates the Motor Voter Registration Act.  Let's hope the Supreme Court doesn't find a way to undo that.