Politico: Supreme Court wrestles with voter purges

Josh Gerstein
Jan 10, 2018

Civil rights groups contend that language means a failure to vote cannot be used to initiate a voter's removal, while Ohio contends it is permitted to use two years of non-voting to send out mailings that can ultimately result in voters being dropped. Voting rights activists say the process leads disproportionately to minorities being disenfranchised.


While some activists have argued that the law prohibits triggering removal of voters based on failure to vote, the lawyer challenging Ohio's practices, Paul Smith, actually took a more subtle position Wednesday. He said failure to vote could play a part, but simply sending out a forwardable mailing and then removing a voter for failing to respond left states with no relevant basis for acting except non-voting.

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