Justice Department Reverses Position in Voter Purge Case

The case of Ohio's effort to purge voters from the rolls took another twist on Monday, when the Justice Department switched sides on the issue. The Justice Department filed a brief with the Supreme Court, backing Ohio's plan of purging infrequent voters. Under the Ohio plan, voters who had not voted in the last six years would be removed from the rolls unless they updated their registration. After two years without voting, warnings would be sent to the address on file. If the person then does not cast ballots in the next two federal elections or contact election officials, they are purged. The ACLU and other civil liberties groups filed suit against Secretary of State Jon Husted, claiming this action violated the National Voter Registration Act. After a loss in the District Court, they appealed to the Sixth Circuit. In September, the Court found that the purge was in violation of federal law, and the case has now been taken up by the U. S. Supreme Court.

The Obama Administration had previously argued that not voting was not sufficient to trigger the confirmation process to determine the voter's current address. Though the decision on the case will not likely come until 2018, it will doubtless be debated endlessly in the media until then.

If you are an Ohio voter concerned about your registration, you can check it here.  If you need to register to vote, or update your current information, instructions are here. You can also find Voter Registration information on the Hamilton County Board of Elections website.