Ohio voting rights

A photo of voter machines.

If you want to vote in this November’s election, it’s a good idea to make sure you are still on the voter rolls. 

Last month, 194,207 voters were removed from voter rolls. Most of those voters were thought to be dead or have moved out of state. But some inactive voters were removed too.

Those are voters who are on record as not casting ballots in the past six elections. And that includes primary elections which are held at least once a year.

photo of early voters in Stark County

In a close vote, the U.S.  Supreme Court has upheld Ohio’s purge of its voting rolls, saying the state can remove voters after they fail to cast ballots for two years and don’t respond to notices for another four.  The
Supreme Court vote was 5 to 4.

Among the plaintiffs was Larry Harmon, a Navy vet who lives near Kent. He skipped voting after the 2008 election in part because he wasn’t enthused about the candidates and in part because of disruption in his personal life.

Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court may decide a case that could change how Ohio removes people from voter rolls. The court heard arguments in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute in January. 

Here's an explainer of the developments from ideastream's Nick Castele, speaking to host Tony Ganzer: