In 5-4 Decision, The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Voter Purges

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Ohio's right to purge voters from its rolls.

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Ohio's right to purge voters from its rolls.

Via NBC News:

Ohio election officials send notices to anyone who fails to cast a ballot during a two-year period. People who do not respond and don't vote over the next four years, including in two more federal elections, are dropped from the list of registered voters.

Critics claim such a rule will effectively disenfranchise poor and minority voters, voters that generally favor Democratic candidates. President Obama's Justice Department was against Ohio's law, however, President Trump's Justice Department argued in favor of it.

The Obama Justice Department supported the challengers in the early stages of the court fight, arguing that the mere exercise of the right not to vote cannot be the basis for removing a name from the voter rolls.

But the Trump administration switched sides and supported Ohio, saying in a court brief that the state's system strikes a balance between "on the one hand dramatically increasing the number of voters on the voter rolls but, on the other, giving states the flexibility they need to manage the issues that arise when you have over-inflated voter rolls."

The Court's conservative majority wrote the opinion in a 5-4 decision.

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