Pennsylvania's voter registration purge: How it works

Pennsylvania's voter registration purge: How it works

Pennsylvania's voter registration purge: How it works

A Philip Randolph Institute, a challenge to Ohio's voter roll purges. He concluded that the OH system didn't violate the NVRA's failure-to-vote language since the state also sent the written mailers. The Ohio practice at issue in this case, the majority concluded, "follows subsection (d) to the letter": "It is undisputed that Ohio does not remove a registrant on change-of-residence grounds unless the registrant is sent and fails to mail back a return card and then fails to vote for an additional four years". But partisan fights over ballot access are playing out across the country. A voter's political affiliation determines which primary ballot type they are eligible to vote in.

"Literally every other state uses a different, and more voter-protective, practice", the group added. Republicans generally say such moves are necessary to combat voter fraud, while Democrats see them as a way to restrict voting by minorities and young people who tend to vote Democratic.

Republican President Donald Trump's administration backed OH in the case, reversing a stance taken by Democratic former President Barack Obama's administration against the policy. Under the law, which was previously invalidated by an appeals court in 2016, the state sends a notice to voters to confirm eligibility after a two year period of not voting.

The ACLU's Dale Ho said the ruling "is not a green light to engage in wholesale purges of eligible voters without notice".

In his own statement, Husted said he hoped the ruling would give other states a path toward purging duplicate or obsolete registrations.

Justice Stephen Breyer, writing in dissent, said the 1993 law prohibits removing someone from the voting rolls "by reason of the person's failure to vote". The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) among other provisions had forbade removing voters from registration lists for failing to vote.

If voters do not reply to the mailing, they are put on an inactive roll, but are still allowed to vote.

That makes Ohio's system "a bit stricter", said Wanda Murren, director of communications for the Pennsylvania Department of State. She said its intent was to increase voter registration and enhance voter participation.

The subtext of Monday's ruling decision was a continuing battle between Republicans and Democrats over laws that regulate who gets to vote and when, including voter-ID requirements and restrictions on early voting. How does Alaska handle voters who don't vote for multiple elections? According to briefs in the case, Harmon "expressed his dissatisfaction with the candidates by exercising his right not to vote".

Many states over the decades had erected barriers to voting, sometimes targeting black voters. Since 2013, eight states, both red and blue, have left the Crosscheck program.

Tennessee has eliminated the practice of purging voters based on a lapse in voting history. Hasen said the lawsuit the court resolved Monday did not involve allegations of discrimination against minority voters, and he suggested the laws in OH and other states could be vulnerable to a legal challenge on those grounds.

In September 2016, a federal appeals court ruled against OH, saying that 7,515 ballots that had been struck could be cast in the that fall's election.

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