Thursday, June 1, 2017

SCOTUS to hear Ohio voter purge case

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling by the state of Ohio that blocked the purge of voter registration rolls. The state government was enforcing a law passed in the 1990s that removed the names of voters who failed to vote for six straight years.  The goal was to purge the dead and those who had moved out of state. But liberal groups, including the ACLU, said the process was discriminatory because the purge affected minorities adversely. They claimed it was a "voter suppression" technique and not an effort to prevent voter fraud. Reuters:
Civil liberties advocates who challenged Ohio's policy said it illegally erased voters from registration rolls and unlawfully disenfranchised minorities and poor people who tend to back Democratic candidates. The justices will review a U.S. appeals court ruling that Ohio's policy ran afoul of a 1993 law called the National Voter Registration Act, which Congress passed to make it easier for Americans to register to vote.
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