Monday, 17 December, 2018

Supreme court leans toward OH voter purge - and other states may follow

A 2016 Reuters study found at least 144,000 people removed from the rolls in Ohio's three largest counties in recent years A 2016 Reuters study found at least 144,000 people removed from the rolls in Ohio's three largest counties in recent years. ANN THOMPSON WVXU
Ray Hunter | 11 January, 2018, 09:33

Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the court's swing vote, said states are aiming to "protect the voter roll from people that have moved".

Joseph Helle was expecting a different sort of reception when he returned home from Army tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and showed up to vote in his small OH town near Lake Erie, the Associated Press reported December 31. After skipping a single federal election cycle, voters are sent a notice.

If you live in OH, your failure to vote - for whatever reason - for two years would have triggered a process that could have resulted in your being purged from the state's voter rolls.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the OH procedure would have a disproportionate impact on racial minorities and homeless people and was part of a broader movement that has reduced turnout in parts of the state.

Sotomayor said the policy could further disenfranchise people who already find it more hard to vote, including minorities and the homeless, those who cannot easily make it to polling places.

"Places like Cleveland have very, very long lines", to vote, she observed, suggesting that other ways of determining whether voters have changed their address would be more effective than people's failure to vote. Basically, Ohio voters who don't vote in a two-year period can eventually be removed from registration rolls, depending on certain circumstances. "So the Secretary is purging vast numbers of completely eligible voters just to try to target a small, tiny handful of people who may have moved", Levenson said.

Voting-rights activists say the state is pulling the trigger much too fast, and there are plenty of reasons someone might miss multiple elections, and then ignore the mailed-out reminder.

The government of the United States ought to be alarmed by what OH is attempting to do, but after decades of blocking various states' attempts to purge its voting rolls in like manner, the current Department of Justice has done a 180 and endorsed such purges.

"When I was in the Army, I didn't have time to worry about voting at home or absentee ballots, anything of that sort because I was an airborne infantryman, a parachutist, war fighter", Helle said.

"There are strong arguments on both sides", Alito said, suggesting his decision will come down to interpreting the language of the statute.

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The U.S. Supreme Court seemed inclined Wednesday to rule for OH in a legal fight over the state's method for removing people from the list of registered voters. He says that proper voter roll maintenance means more ballots are counted and fewer Ohioans have trouble casting votes.

The practice is overseen by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican candidate for governor in 2018. The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesdayin the disputed practice, which generally pits Democrats against Republicans. "What we do in OH is to follow the law".

At the Supreme Court, Ohio will be appealing a ruling that said its purge was illegal.

They called Ohio's policy the most aggressive. Conservative groups like the American Civil Rights Union and Judicial Watch for years have been bullying local election officials with notices and in some cases lawsuits pushing them to purge their rolls.

Critics say OH is punishing people for not voting by taking them off the voter rolls.

But those challenging the process say voting is not a use-it-or-lose-it right, and that voters choose not to cast ballots because of illness, apathy, or other reasons - not because they've moved.

Twelve other states, including California and NY plus the U.S. capital Washington, have presented arguments to the Supreme Court seeking to ban the practice.

The Trump administration is supporting OH, saying the Motor Voter law requires states to adequately notify nonvoters before they are purged but doesn't prohibit the use of voting history altogether.

Ho says says that Georgia, Montana, Oregon, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma also have a culling process that's triggered by inactivity, but Ohio's two-year trigger is the shortest of any state. If they do not respond to the mailer, and don't vote within the next four years, they are removed from the voter rolls.

The case has taken on added importance because the parties have squared off over ballot access across the country.

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