In a 5-4 decision with the court's conservatives in the majority, the justices overturned a lower court ruling that Ohio's policy violated the National Voter Registration Act, a 1993 federal law that forbids removing voters from registration lists for failing to vote.
Each state has a process for removing voters believed to have moved from its registration lists.
No other Justice joined Thomas' opinion, perhaps because the question it raised was not necessary to uphold Ohio's rule.
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Under the OH law, voters who don't go to the polls for two consecutive years are sent a letter, asking them to confirm they are still living at the same address. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion.
Interested in Supreme Court? The only question before us is whether it violates federal law. "The Trump campaign reelection strategy is voter suppression", former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D), who runs the voting rights group Let America Vote, told The Hill.
If you want to check to see if you're still registered to vote, there's an easy online tool for that, Secretary of State's MnVotes website. If a voter returns the notice through prepaid mail, or responds online, the information is updated.
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Under the OH regime, voters who don't vote in a two-year federal election cycle are sent mailers asking that they confirm they still reside where they are registered to vote. If someone doesn't respond and then doesn't vote during the next four years, the state removes the person.
Reminder: In #Husted, the Department of Justice under Jeff Sessions chose to abandon its longstanding position that the National Voter Registration Act and the Help America Vote Act prohibit techniques like Ohio's voter purge.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in addition to joining Breyer's dissent, wrote separately to emphasize her belief that the majority's interpretation ignores the intent of the motor voter law - to expand, not restrict, voter participation. He voted in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections but did not vote in 2012, saying he was unimpressed by the candidates. Justice Samuel Alito, in an opinion joined by the other four conservatives on the court, wrote that OH had followed the procedure laid out in the NVRA "to the letter". In Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, the five ultra-conservatives upheld a voter suppression scheme in OH of the type that Congress has prohibited.
OH aggressively trims its voter rolls by sending notices to people who have not voted in two years. OH is the only one that starts the removal process after failing to vote in only one election, the center said. Failing to vote is not allowed as the trigger for notices, he argued. They said Ohio's policy is part of a larger campaign to disenfranchise voters - especially minorities and those disproportionately likely to oppose President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: "Excitement in the air" ahead of Kim meeting Trump doubles down on criticism of EU, Canada Merkel: EU will retaliate against Trump tariffs MORE.
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