Supreme Court Upholds Ohio Voter Purges

Supreme Court Upholds Ohio Voter Purges

The Ruling:  In a victory for the Trump administration the Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled that Ohio’s method of removing names from its voter rolls does not violate federal law. In the state with the most restrictive voter purges in the country, Ohio voters are stripped from the rolls if they don’t vote over a 6 year period and don’t respond to a mailed warning. This is despite the National Voter Registration Act’s express prohibition on purging voters just because they don’t vote.

The Impact: In this decision, the Supreme Court has given a stamp of approval to voter suppression and a roadmap to Republican legislators for how to legally manipulate our elections by purging Democrats and voters of color from the rolls. (Studies of previous Ohio voter purges have found voters have been struck in Democratic leaning neighborhoods at roughly twice the rate as in Republican neighborhoods, and neighborhoods that have a high proportion of poor, African-American residents are hit the hardest).

 One Possible Solution: Federal law mandating Same Day Registration in all states.