Politico: Supreme Court wrestles with voter purges

Josh Gerstein
Jan 10, 2018
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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.

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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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