In Ohio, if you don’t vote during every cycle then they might have the leverage to take away your name off of the voting polls. The Supreme Court might give Ohio the right to take your name off of the voter polls if you don’t vote.
The supporters of the Ohio policy say that this would prevent voter fraud, but voting rights groups say that the voter fraud that they speak of is rare. They say that citizens have a constitutional right not to vote, which caused some conservatives to turn their heads in disarray.
The way that Ohio currently deals with this situation is that they mail a confirmation notice to voters who haven’t voted in two years. Voters can either confirm the registration by responding to the notice, changing their registration information online, or making the decision to vote over the next four years.
Thanks to this policy, hundreds of voters have been taken off of the voter rolls.
Justice Stephen Breyer, who often swings liberally, said “I don’t believe Congress would have passed a statute that would prevent a state from purging a voting roll of people who have died or have moved out of the state.”
Justice Sonia Sotomayor, seemed to side with the voting rights activists’ worry that the purge would hurt minority and Democratic voters more than anybody else.
This decision would make a huge impact on voting rights laws, and keep the strange trend going of weaning out potential voters in an effort to push out imaginary voter fraud.
Find out more by reading “The Supreme Court May Be Poised to Green-Light Mass Voter Purges” by Pema Levy and Ari Berman published by Mother Jones on January 10, 2018.