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Ohio election officials send notices to anyone who fails to cast a ballot during a two-year period. People who do not respond and don’t vote over the next four years, including in two more federal elections, are dropped from the list of registered voters.
That’s what happened to Larry Harmon, a U.S. Navy veteran and software engineer who was turned away from his polling place in 2015 when he found out he wasn’t on the list. “I looked and I looked. And I saw my son’s name, but I didn’t see my name.” So he joined a civil rights group in suing the state. Ohio said he was sent a notice, but he said he didn’t get it.
A federal appeals court ruled against the state, concluding that roughly 7,500 Ohio voters — in a state that’s perennially a presidential battleground — were wrongly purged from the list in the 2016 election.
Opponents of Ohio’s system, led by the A. Philip Randolph Institute, said it violated the National Voter Registration Act, which specifies that voters can be purged from the rolls only if they ask, move, are convicted of a felony, become mentally incapacitated, or die. More than half the voters in Ohio fail to cast a ballot over a two-year period, the group said, and those who receive the state’s notices simply throw them away.
“The Supreme Court got this one wrong. The right to vote is not ‘use it or lose it,'” said Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. “This decision will fuel the fire of voter suppressors across the country who want to make sure their chosen candidates win reelection, no matter what the voters say.”
We kill the flame, says Samuel “Sonny Black” Alito.
And there will be a lot more where that came from.