lundi 11 juin 2018

Removing Names From Voter Rolls

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Ohio's method of removing names from its voter rolls does not violate federal law.

Ohio law allows the state to send address confirmation notices to voters who have not engaged in voter activity for two years. If a voter returns the notice through prepaid mail, or responds online, the information is updated. If the notice is ignored and the voter fails to update a registration over the next four years, the registration is canceled.
Okay, on the surface it doesn't seem so unreasonable.


A dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor and liberal justices argued that the court ignored a history of voter suppression that the National Voter Registration Act, commonly referred to as the motor voter law, was meant to address.

"Congress enacted the NVRA against the backdrop of substantial efforts by states to disenfranchise low-income and minority voters, including programs that purged eligible voters from registration lists because they failed to vote in prior elections," Sotomayor wrote.
On the other hand using the law to unfairly disenfranchise people is bad.


The case came about when Larry Harmon challenged the process arguing that he was removed from the rolls even though he had not moved, but rather had opted not to vote in 2009 and 2010. When he showed up at the polls in 2015 he was told his registration had been canceled. He claimed no recollection of receiving a confirmation notice from the state and he later brought suit along with two public interest groups called the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and the A. Philip Randolph Institute.

In September 2016, a federal appeals court ruled against Ohio, saying that 7,515 ballots that had been struck could be cast in the that fall's election. The state appealed, saying the process targets people who have failed to respond to a notice, not those who have failed to vote.
Then we have those lazy ass people who don't make a decent effort to vote. I'm not saying that Mr. Harmon is lazy, but if a person needs to vote to stay registered, then perhaps it is a good idea to actually participate in an election?
This stuff is not that hard. Libraries have internet now; don't need it at home to register or obtain an absentee ballot. I've voted by mail since 1989.

Sometimes you just have to put your back into it.


via International Skeptics Forum

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