SCHUMER MELTDOWN: Chuck Slams Supreme Court’s Decision to ‘Disenfranchise’ Americans

SCHUMER MELTDOWN: Chuck Slams Supreme Court’s Decision to ‘Disenfranchise’ Americans

Civil rights groups are calling the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Monday upholding Ohio's practice of purging voters from the rolls "a setback for voting rights".

The Supreme Court gave OH the green light to remove voters from the state's registration records if they have not voted in at least two years. Samuel Alito delivered the opinion for the conservative majority in Husted v. Philip Randolph Institute that gave the state of OH - famed for its highly partisan election administration regime - great leeway in designing a purge of voter rolls after narrowly construing some confusing language in the federal motor-voter legislation (officially the National Voter Registration Act of 1993) that was created to expand voter participation.

Justice Samuel Alito, writing the majority opinion, says OH is complying with the 1993 National Voter Registration Act by maintaining its voter lists.

Justice Stephen Breyer issued a dissenting opinion, which Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan - the other members on the court's liberal wing - joined. "Today's decision forces these communities and their allies to be even more proactive and vigilant in holding their states accountable and working to dismantle the obstacles they face in exercising the fundamental right to vote". 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....

The case became a proxy for the highly partisan fight over the country's election rules. "And Justice Sotomayer has not pointed to any evidence in the record that OH instituted or has carried out its program with discriminatory intent". But not everyone who moves notifies the post office, the state said. All in all, the procedures meant someone who didn't vote for six years and who threw out the notices could be removed from the rolls. The court's decision essentially endorses "the very purging that Congress expressly sought to protect against", Sotomayor wrote.

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The 1993 federal law, known by its acronym NVRA, was enacted to make it easier to register.

OH is perennially a battleground state in presidential elections and has given its electoral votes to the eventual victor in 28 of the last 30 elections.

Husted called the decision "a victory for electoral integrity".

Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters, said the Supreme Court "got this one wrong".

The case was Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute. A three-judge panel on that court had ruled 2-1 that Ohio's practice was illegal.

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