Supreme Court upholds Ohio voter purge

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Ohio could continue its effort to trim its voting rolls by purging people who haven’t voted in years. The court voted 5-4 to uphold Ohio’s efforts, with conservative justices in the majority. Republicans in Ohio and other states have pushed for numerous restrictions on voter registration, saying the moves will combat voter fraud, although there is no evidence it is a problem.

Of course, civil rights groups said the justices should focus on making it easier for Americans to vote, not harder. (Not their job and to do so would place them in violation of the Constitution.)

In a dissenting opinion, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Congress enacted the voter registration law to prevent states from disenfranchising low-income and minority voters, and the court’s decision permits “the very purging that Congress expressly sought to protect against.”

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