June 11, 2018

Supreme Court Upholds Ohio’s Purge of Voting Rolls (New York Times)

A Reuters study in 2016 found that at least 144,000 people were removed from the voting rolls in recent years in Ohio’s three largest counties, which are home to Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus.

Voters have been struck from the rolls in Democratic-leaning neighborhoods at roughly twice the rate as in Republican neighborhoods,” the study found. Neighborhoods that have a high proportion of poor, African-American residents are hit the hardest.”…

The Justice Department for decades took the position that failing to vote should not lead to disenfranchisement….

After the last presidential election, the department switched sides in the case, Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, No. 16-980.

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