Neil Gorsuch Casts the Deciding Vote Upholding Ohio's Voter Purge

Supreme Court upholds Ohio law purging voter rolls

The ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday that upheld the OH law that allows voters to be purged from the rolls if they haven't cast ballots in six years angered Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

In a 5-4 decision in the closely watched voting-rights case, the high court overturned a lower court's ruling that Ohio's policy violated a 1993 federal law enacted to make it easier to register to vote.

Alito said the objective of the National Voter Registration Act was to increase voter registration and remove ineligible people from the rolls.

Thus, the process of removing a voter takes about six years. He was joined by his four conservative colleagues. Georgia and 16 other states filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Ohio.

The Trump administration defended the OH policy, a reversal from the Obama years, when the Justice Department challenged it in court. "In Oregon, we believe that a registered voter should not lose their voting rights exclusively because they haven't participated recently".

Justice Thomas wrote a concurrence. Apparently I'm getting better at this Supreme Court prediction stuff!

Harmon and OH civil rights groups went to court, arguing that Ohio's practice conflicted with two federal voting laws.

Breyer pointed out that about 1 million OH registered voters - or 13 percent of the state's voting population - did not send back their cards, and "the streets of Ohio's cities are not filled with moving vans".

Justice Samuel Alito said for the court that OH is complying with the 1993 National Voter Registration Act.

He went on to state that the right to vote should be protected. "Under the Grimes administration, unlike others, voters have never been unilaterally kicked off the rolls, especially for simply not voting, and that will not change". Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted told Buzzfeed that Monday's decision, "is a victory for election integrity, and a defeat for those who use the federal court system to make election law across the country". Those who don't respond and then don't vote in the next four years are kicked off the rolls. Clyde said the process leads to the removal of eligible voters, and it's not necessary for the state to maintain accurate voter rolls. The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) among other provisions had forbade removing voters from registration lists for failing to vote.

It's considered one of the stricter laws in the nation, but it's not unique.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor criticized the ruling in her dissent today, predicting that it could have a disproportionate effect on the poor, the elderly and minorities.

After the last presidential election, the department switched sides in the case, Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, No. 16-980.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton noted on a video posted Monday that it was his organization's lawsuit that prompted OH to get more aggressive in purging ineligible voters in the first place.

So the state asks people who haven't voted in two years to confirm their eligibility.

But Alito maintained that OH does not base its decision to remove voters "solely" on their failure to vote but also on the failure to respond to the notice from elections officials.

Sotomayor in her dissent said that whether OH meant to discriminate or not, friend-of-the-court briefs in the case showed that "low voter turnout rates, language-access problems, mail delivery issues, inflexible work schedules, and transportation issues, among other obstacles, make it more hard for many minority, low-income, disabled, homeless, and veteran voters to cast a ballot or return a notice".

The case came about when Larry Harmon challenged the process arguing that he was removed from the rolls even though he had not moved, but rather had opted not to vote in 2009 and 2010.

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