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Justices will hear Ohio appeal over purging voter rolls

Donna Roberts Donna Roberts
Christy Curtis | 31 May, 2017, 05:41

As PBS's Chris Bury once put it, "When it comes to the right to vote, OH is a "use it or lose it" state".

"Well we think it's great news because it's going to give us a chance to validate that OH is following the rules for how you are supposed to maintain voter rolls". But a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit disagreed previous year, ruling 2 to 1 in favor of the plaintiffs. It's a criticism Husted isn't willing to accept.

"I remain confident that once the justices review this case they will rule to uphold the decades-old process that both Republicans and Democrats have used in OH to maintain our voter rolls as consistent with federal law", he added. If they want to vote, they need to re-register.

"The state can not remove the registrant's name from the rolls for a failure to vote only, and OH does not do so", Siler wrote.

In a brief dissent, Siler said "the statute leaves it to the states to implement, and OH has developed a lawful procedure".

"The Supreme Court must uphold the Sixth Circuit's decision to ensure that all OH citizens have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote", said a statement from Washington.

And guess who joined him in his pro-voter suppression arguments?

Per its custom, the Supreme Court did not issue any statement Tuesday in taking up the case.

OH then asked the justices to review the case, arguing that the 6th Circuit's decision "makes it harder for States to conduct what all can agree is a critical activity-removing ineligible voters from registration lists-by eliminating one method for doing so". "What's at stake here is that decision".

The case is centered around a tactic OH uses to remove voters from its rolls.

"The Supreme Court must uphold the Sixth Circuit's decision to ensure that all OH citizens have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote", said a statement from Washington. If the notice is ignored and the voter fails to update a registration over the next four years, the registration is canceled.

The National Voter Registration Act, dubbed the "motor voter" law when it was enacted, required states to permit registration by mail or when eligible people apply for or renew a driver's license, or visiting certain government agencies or military recruiting offices. The Supplemental Mailing portion of the Settlement Agreement was so important to the parties that they subsequently negotiated an amendment exclusively to give OH greater flexibility over which month of the year to initiate the Supplemental Mailing. "They are still alive".

"I remain confident that once the justices review this case they will rule to uphold the decades-old process that both Republicans and Democrats have used in OH to maintain our voter rolls as consistent with federal law", he said in a statement. They say the mere exercise of that right should not be the basis for removal from the voter rolls.

Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper took the entirely uncontroversial view that making it harder to vote, as Husted and DeWine have tirelessly attempted to do, is some pretty undemocratic and possibly illegal shade to throw. But critics say he's unfairly putting up barriers to qualified voters.

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