No, the Supreme Court did not give a green light to Ohio removing minorities from the voter registration list, as the mainstream media would have you believe. All the Court did was rule that Ohio’s voting practices do not violate federal law.
Since 1994, Ohio targets voters who have failed to cast their ballot in a two-year period for removal from the voter registration list until they re-register to vote, even if they have not moved. According to the state, Ohio removes names from registration only after the local election board sends notices and if there is no voting activity for four years after that notice is given.
In other words, if you do not cast a vote for six years in Ohio and fail to re-register to vote, your name will be removed until you re-register.
Doesn’t sound like racism to me.
In fact, even though Ohio implemented the procedure in 1994, Democrats won Ohio’s 18 electoral college votes in the presidential elections of 1996, 2008 and 2012. That’s three out of six elections.
There is a simple solution for anyone who complains about having their name removed from Ohio’s voter registration list: vote. Or at least vote once every six years.
If that sounds too hard, voting is not a “use it or lose it” type of thing. Citizens can always re-register to vote if they decide they actually do want to take part in perhaps the most important part about being a citizen.
This entire decision has been blown out of proportion by the liberal media who claim minority voters who do not have the means to register to vote will be denied their right to cast a ballot. Majority opinion writer Justice Alito specifically said that states could not use the failure to vote as the sole reason for removal from the register. Officials would be required to show someone had changed their residence, was incarcerated or met other criteria.
Furthermore, Alito made sure to explain that his job was not to decide whether Ohio’s policy is smart, efficient or effective. “We have no authority to second-guess Congress or to decide whether Ohio’s Supplemental Process is the ideal method for keeping its voting rolls up to date. The only question before us is whether it violates federal law. It does not.”
If Ohioans take issue with their state’s policy, they should look to change it themselves, not seek the help of the Supreme Court.