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    The Supreme Court Could Make It Easier for States to Purge Voters

    The Supreme Court Could Make It Easier for States to Purge Voters

    The Court has decided to hear a new case from Ohio, where Democrats were twice as likely as Republicans to be purged from the rolls in the state’s largest counties.

    By Ari BermanTwitter
    TODAY 1:01 PM

    Voters wait in line outside a polling place in Cincinnati, Ohio in this November 2016 photo. (AP Photo / John Minchillo)


    In 2015, Larry Harmon, a 59-year-old software engineer and Navy vet, went to the polls in his hometown of Kent, Ohio, to vote on a state ballot initiative. But poll workers told him he was no longer registered and could not vote.

    “I felt embarrassed and stupid at the time,” Harmon told Reuters. “The more I think about it, the madder I am,” he said.


    Harmon voted for Barack Obama in 2008, but had not returned to vote until 2015. He later learned that he was purged from the rolls in Ohio for “infrequent voting” because he had not voted in a six-year period, even though he hadn’t moved or done anything to change his registration status. From 2011 to 2016, Ohio purged 2 million voters from the rolls—1.2 million for infrequent voting—more than any other state.


    Harmon challenged Ohio’s voter purge in court, with the assistance of groups like Demos and the ACLU of Ohio, and in September 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled in his favor, finding that Ohio’s removal of “infrequent” voters violated the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, which says voter-roll maintenance “shall not result in the removal of the name of any person from the official list of voters registered to vote in an election for Federal office by reason of the person’s failure to vote.” As a result, 7,500 people who would have otherwise been purged were able to vote in the 2016 election, including Harmon, according to Secretary of State Jon Husted.


    Ohio appealed to the Supreme Court and today, to the dismay of voting-rights activists, the Supreme Court decided to hear the case next term. If the Court reverses the Sixth Circuit and rules in favor of Ohio, it could make it easier for states to purge the voting rolls in inaccurate and discriminatory ways. (Fifteen Republican-controlled states, including Kris Kobach’s Kansas, filed an amicus brief supporting Ohio’s position.) This will be the first major voting-rights case heard since Neil Gorsuch took the bench, reviving the Court’s 5-4 conservative majority.


    “We’re very disappointed because we believe the Sixth Circuit ruled correctly,” says Freda Levenson, legal director of the ACLU of Ohio. “It was a very important ruling.… There were hundreds of thousands of voters who were illegally purged.”


    At least 144,000 voters in Ohio’s three largest counties, home to Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, were purged since the 2012 election, with voters in Democratic-leaning neighborhoods twice as likely to be removed as those in Republican-leaning ones, according to a Reuters analysis. These cities are heavily Democratic, with large minority populations, and there was a clear partisan and racial disparity to the state’s voter purge.

    In Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County, 5 percent of voters in neighborhoods that backed Obama by more than 60 percent in 2012 were purged last year due to inactivity, according to the Reuters analysis of the voter lists. In neighborhoods where Obama got less than 40 percent of the vote, 2.5 percent of registered voters were removed for that reason.


    In Franklin County, home to the state capital Columbus, 11 percent of voters in Democratic-leaning neighborhoods have been purged since 2012 due to inactivity. Only 6 percent of voters in Republican-leaning neighborhoods have been purged.


    The disparity is especially stark in Hamilton County, where affluent Republican suburbs ring Cincinnati, which has one of the highest child-poverty rates in the country.


    In the heavily African-American neighborhoods near downtown, more than 10 percent of registered voters have been removed due to inactivity since 2012. In suburban Indian Hill, only 4 percent have been purged due to inactivity.

    The purge worked like this: If a voter missed an election, Ohio sent them a letter making sure their address was still current. If the voter didn’t respond, Ohio put them on an inactive list, and if the voter didn’t vote in the next two elections, they were removed from the rolls.


    In addition to the partisan and racial disparities, the state’s non-voter list was riddled with errors, reported the Akron Beacon Journal:

    In Summit County, 36,822 registered voters will not get an absentee ballot application mailed to them. This includes 10,901 who voted in the 2008 presidential election (80 percent of whom voted Democratic in the contested primaries that year) and 123 who voted as recently as this March.


    Kristina Hall, a lab courier who’s lived in Cuyahoga Falls for the past four years, can’t figure out why she’s one of them.


    Hall voted in the Democratic Party primary in March. When she arrived at her polling location, she was told she was not on the list. An elections worker gave her a provisional ballot. Her vote, after everything checked out, was supposed to be used to update her address, which apparently was out of date with county election records.


    It didn’t. An active voter in every presidential election in Ohio until she moved briefly to New York in 2012, Hall swears she voted in 2014 when she returned. State records show she didn’t.


    The hassle has driven her to skepticism, especially since she said she’s received three notices from the board of elections to update her address and get off “confirmation status.” She said she sent all three back and has voted twice since they first arrived last year.


    “I get so mad when people don’t vote,” she said. “That’s why I thought it was a problem when I’ve done everything I’m supposed to.”

    This isn’t the first time a controversial voter purge in Ohio has attracted scrutiny. In 2004, the Ohio Republican Party sent a mailing to 232,000 newly registered voters, urging them to vote Republican.

    When 35,000 mailers were returned as undeliverable, the GOP tried to purge those voters from the rolls. As I reported in my book Give Us the Ballot, “more than half the challenged voters lived in Ohio’s two most populous counties—Cuyahoga (Cleveland) and Franklin (Columbus)—which were overwhelmingly Democratic and heavily minority.” The DNC sued the RNC and a federal court blocked the purge, ruling that voters “faced irreparable injury” to their “constitutional right to vote.”


    THE STAKES ARE HIGHER NOW THAN EVER. GET THE NATION IN YOUR INBOX.


    But Republican-led voter purging efforts proved disastrous during the 2000 election in Florida, when the state wrongly labeled 12,000 registered voters as ex-felons and scrubbed them from the voter rolls—a number that was 22 times George W. Bush’s 537-vote margin of victory. That election taught the unfortunate lesson that a small manipulation of the country’s voting laws could make a big difference in close elections.

    There were problems in Ohio in 2016 even after the Sixth Circuit ruled against the state’s purge. One in seven registered voters were not mailed absentee ballot applications because they were labeled inactive or were thought to have moved.


    Freda Levenson told me a story of a 104-year-old-blind woman who couldn’t vote in 2016 because she was removed from the rolls at 102. She last voted in 2008 and was purged in 2015. As a result, her request for an absentee ballot in 2016 was denied.


    “Here’s the problem: people don’t realize when they’re purged,” says Levenson. “In Ohio, voting is use it or lose it.”

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    Purge the deceased and illegal aliens OFF our voter rolls!

    Pass the National Voted ID Act now before 2020!!!

    Do not let Motor Vehicles Department automatically register people to vote.

    Get down to the Voter Registrar Office and they need to VET all voters!
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    They "split" California...then they get 3 Governors, more seats on the Senate, House...etc???

    We do not want that, do we?
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    I sure don't want it. I like Caifornia's geographical borders just the waythey are, I like our 100 Senators, and I like our 50 stars on our flag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beezer View Post
    They "split" California...then they get 3 Governors, more seats on the Senate, House...etc???

    We do not want that, do we?
    Believe it or not, there are portions of California that are conservative. Splitting the state three ways should actually dilute the Democrat stronghold that California currently is. The U.S. House number of Representatives from each state is based on population and there are two Senators apportioned for each state. Remember, Republican John Cox won 38 of 58 counties in the primary.

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    John Cox won in 34 counties.
    Villaraigosa won 1 county. Newsom 23.

    COUNTY NEWSOM COX VILLARAIGOSA RPT.
    Los Angeles 296,879 185,190 206,931 100%
    San Diego 123,366 136,086 40,528 100
    Orange 90,499 134,638 39,680 100
    Riverside 43,466 64,728 25,452 100
    Santa Clara 87,914 25,870 18,921 88
    San Bernardino 34,184 58,797 25,612 100
    Alameda 91,254 19,910 16,207 100
    San Francisco 86,416 10,715 13,433 100
    Contra Costa 61,915 25,673 10,310 100
    Sacramento 37,933 31,421 12,281 24
    Ventura 29,348 36,698 14,343 100
    Fresno 14,373 28,207 16,523 100
    Kern 9,405 32,728 10,367 100
    San Mateo 40,956 10,532 7,187 100
    Sonoma 38,126 11,929 6,035 100
    Solano 27,442 15,523 5,684 100
    Placer 15,652 23,471 3,499 100
    San Joaquin 15,641 17,507 6,182 100
    Santa Barbara 19,113 15,268 6,680 100
    San Luis Obispo 18,671 16,435 3,695 100
    Stanislaus 11,222 14,517 5,786 100
    Marin 25,131 5,244 2,969 100
    Butte 9,956 12,781 1,903 100
    Santa Cruz 19,476 4,438 4,080 100
    El Dorado 8,753 13,839 1,914 100
    Monterey 12,429 6,169 5,226 100
    Tulare 4,378 10,820 4,796 100
    Yolo 8,698 5,570 3,602 100
    Shasta 3,639 9,461 811 100
    Humboldt 7,390 4,362 967 100
    Merced 3,411 5,452 3,106 100
    Madera 2,390 7,177 2,695 100
    Nevada 5,626 3,962 859 23
    Napa 7,115 2,931 1,380 100
    Kings 1,260 4,791 2,233 100
    Imperial 1,299 2,495 3,433 100
    Sutter 1,785 4,157 851 100
    Tuolumne 2,990 3,794 613 100
    Tehama 1,375 4,268 391 100
    Calaveras 2,277 3,565 523 100
    Mendocino 4,194 1,658 726 100
    Lake 2,863 2,168 501 100
    Siskiyou 1,646 2,505 252 100
    Yuba 1,129 2,580 512 100
    San Benito 2,285 1,549 850 100
    Plumas 1,447 2,075 205 100
    Mariposa 928 1,698 397 100
    Del Norte 1,065 1,243 153 100
    Amador 917 1,910 244 100
    Inyo 901 1,043 330 100
    Glenn 456 1,646 252 100
    Trinity 769 1,047 149 100
    Lassen 433 1,298 57 100
    Mono 898 751 347 100
    Colusa 362 1,134 382 100
    Modoc 245 1,089 59 100
    Sierra 295 465 50 100
    Alpine 142 88 25 100

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    Quote Originally Posted by MW View Post
    Believe it or not, there are portions of California that are conservative. Splitting the state three ways should actually dilute the Democrat stronghold that California currently is. The U.S. House number of Representatives from each state is based on population and there are two Senators apportioned for each state. Remember, Republican John Cox won 38 of 58 counties in the primary.
    So you end up with two Democrat and one Republican state. What will happen is two thirds of present California will become part of Mexico.

    Part of the solution is doing away with "Winner-Take-All". Unfortunately there are many other discrepancies such as redistricting. The biggest problem is message, the false message from the media.

    Spitting the state is giving up. And since the Democrats are hell bent to make illegal aliens citizens, they will become the majority and vote to make California, at least their parts of the state, part of Mexico. Do we, as the United States, want to let that happen?
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    North California and South California could have republican senators.

    California would still be democrat.






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