Supreme Court upholds OH voter purge. Here's how Florida does it.

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It means other states are now likely to follow Ohio's lead, and may even do so in a hurry before the midterm elections. That law bars states from removing anyone "by reason of the person's failure to vote".

The justices, voting 5-4 along ideological lines, said the system was a legitimate effort to identify people who have moved away and didn't illegally penalize people for not voting. If the voters don't respond to the mailers, and don't engage in any voter activity - which includes, voting, updating one's voter registration info, or participating in voter petitions - in the next two federal election cycles, they are removed from the rolls.

And, sure enough, the Supreme Court split entirely along party lines in Husted.

Failure to cast a ballot for two years triggers Ohio's removal process. The challengers called Ohio's policy the most aggressive. OH claims that its practices just keep voter rolls up to date, and are consistent with federal law; the challengers argue that the state's purges violate federal law and risk disenfranchising eligible voters. In any case, I'm sticking with my original view: the OH law pushes right to the edge of what's legal under federal law, but it doesn't go beyond.

Many states over the decades had erected barriers to voting, sometimes targeting black voters. If a voter returns the notice through prepaid mail, or responds online, the information is updated.

In a separate dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Congress enacted the voter registration law "against the backdrop of substantial efforts by states to disenfranchise low-income and minority voters".

A 2016 Reuters analysis found roughly twice the rate of voter purging in Democratic-leaning neighborhoods in Ohio's three largest counties as in Republican-leaning neighborhoods.

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

Ohio's process for deleting people it deems inactive from its voting rolls is legal, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, in a decision that could boost the movement to clean up voting rolls across the country.

"Alito made clear, states can't discriminate in their voter purge practices and we've begun putting together evidence that practices like Ohio's, including in OH, do have a discriminatory impact", Stuart Naifeh, the senior counsel for Demos, which challenged the OH law, said on the call. President Donald Trump's administration also supported Ohio's position. If there was a clearly, solidly established presumption in favor of the right to vote and a difficult set of obstacles for would-be vote suppressors to overcome, decisions like this would be hard to write.

"This wrongly decided decision paves the way to mass disenfranchisement in OH and around the country", top House of Representatives Democrat Nancy Pelosi added. Dale Ho, director of the Voting Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) predicted dire results for voting rights.

One of the lead plaintiffs was U.S. Navy veteran Larry Harmon, who was blocked from voting in a 2015 marijuana-legalization initiative. The state appealed to the Supreme Court.

"Leftists opposed to election integrity suffered a big defeat today".

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