U.S. Supreme Court allows OH and other state voter purges
Jun 12, 2018, 02:48
Opponents of Ohio's voter purge practice said federal law prohibits citizens from being penalized just for the failure to vote. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said that "today's decision empowers OH to further strip away the right to vote for thousands of Ohioans, threatening the integrity of our state's election process".
Unlike many voting cases that come before the court, Wednesday's case centered not on grand constitutional principles but on interpreting seemingly contradictory directives of federal law.
In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled OH could continue to remove individuals from voter rolls if they had not voted in two federal elections and have not responded to a confirmation notice or update their registration. If the notice is ignored and the voter fails to update a registration over the next four years, the registration is canceled. Today, in a 5-4 opinion written by Justice Alito, the high court recognized that indeed OH had a very fair process for removing names that was not based exclusively on voter inactivity.
After the last presidential election, the department switched sides in the case, Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, No. 16-980.
The state said the policy was needed to keep voting rolls current, removing people who have moved away or died. In any case, I'm sticking with my original view: the OH law pushes right to the edge of what's legal under federal law, but it doesn't go beyond.
OH has used voters' inactivity to trigger the removal process since 1994, although groups representing voters did not sue the Republican secretary of state, Jon Husted, until 2016.
And thus Ohio's program for maintaining voter rolls is legal. If the statute explicitly articulates that states should purge voters who are caught up in a "notify, wait, and purge" regime, why would the statute also include the words "except that no registrant may be removed exclusively by reason of a failure to vote" in the very same sentence that calls for such purges unless these words were meant to limit the scope of the purges?
Under federal laws enacted in 1993 and 2002, states can not remove voters from registration lists due to their failure to vote. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) clashed with the American Civil Liberties Union when he took steps to cancel the registrations of 591,000 voters who had not been in contact with the state since September 2014.
"There is no plausible reason why Congress would enact the provision that respondents envision", Alito wrote.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer slammed the Supreme Court's decision regarding voter registration Monday; saying the ruling advances the Trump administration's agenda of "disenfranchising" Americans across the country.
Under Ohio rules, registered voters who fail to vote in a two-year period are targeted for eventual removal from registration rolls, even if they haven't moved and remain eligible.
The dissenters included Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Elena Kagan. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in 2016 said no, which restored the votes of 7,515 Ohioans. In Ohio, the "notify, wait, and purge" process is "triggered" by "a registrant's failure to engage in any "voter activity" for two years".
Aside from all the other good reasons to encourage more voting, there's also this: In 2016, U.S. voter turnout hit a 20-year-low.
Bale hinted at a move away from Real Madrid after his match-winning display in the 3-1 Champions League win against Liverpool . All the latest Manchester United transfer rumours, with updates on Gareth Bale , Victor Lindelof and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
The annual revenue of Metafrax Group exceeded USD 660 million and the annual volume of investments amounted to USD 80 million. CHEMICAL ASSETS In 2014 Seyfeddin Roustamov became the major shareholder of the chemical company Metafrax (Perm region).
So in as much as stakeholders are heavily spending on ads, their audience is also responding very well to what they are offering. In addition to this, there’s a wide variety of games which the platform offers to cater for all types of gamers.
Kim is expected to stay at the St Regis hotel and Trump at the Shangri-La, both in the Tanglin area in downtown Singapore . Pompeo has not said if Trump would consider withdrawing almost 28,000 US troops from the Korean Peninsula.
Thus, the task ahead of 24-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem-competing in his first-ever Grand Slam final-seemed impossible. Thiem was considered the stiffest test for Nadal at the French Open and understandably so.
De Niro's comments brought the cheering crowd at Radio City Music Hall to its feet but were bleeped for USA television audiences. Tina Fey is a superstar and she wrote a snappy, smart script for " Mean Girls ", a musical based on her popular 2004 movie.
Female Rebel BBL starts their season from the 9th f December, which is 10 days earlier from the male season of KFC BBL games. Fans of cricket across the world can see the online stream at the official Australian cricket website, and throw its app.
With Microsoft's backing, the new studios, will have the resources to "take bigger risks" and "create bigger worlds", he said. Playground Games , a 200-plus-employee studio based in Leamington Spa, UK, which developed the Forza Horizon Series of Games.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in August that the Justice Department was "reviewing our policies affecting media subpoenas". But what happened under Obama set an ominous tone for reporters who were trying to do their jobs of informing the public.
Britain says hopes U.S. will honour G7 commitments on trade
Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro also lashed out on Sunday at Trudeau's statements, saying they represent "bad faith". But Trudeau later contradicted the president: "We will not, can not sign a trade deal that expires every five years".
Patterson out at BT
The BT board says it is convinced this is still the right direction to take, but it wants someone else to take charge. Investors in BT Group Plc watched their investments shrink about 60 percent and decided it was enough.
$150,000 Powerball prize won in Minot
The winning numbers for the drawing were: 03, 06, 09, 17, and 56, while the Powerball was 25 and the Multiplier number was 3. Oh, my God.' It's like when you see a "Tom and Jerry" cartoon: "The heart goes boom boom boom boom".