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As the GOP Convention Begins, Ohio Is Purging Tens of Thousands–

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    As the GOP Convention Begins, Ohio Is Purging Tens of Thousands–

    –of Democratic Voters


    The purge works like this: If a voter misses an election, Ohio sends them a letter making sure their address is still current. If the voter doesn’t respond, Ohio puts them on an inactive list, and if the voter doesn’t vote in the next two elections they are removed from the rolls.

    An analysis by Clyde’s office found that 666 voters in Cincinnati’s Hamilton County had their ballots rejected in 2015 because they were listed as “Not Registered.” Fifteen percent of those voters were purged just a few months before the election. “Based on this finding from only one election in only one county, it is safe to assume that across the state over multiple elections, tens of thousands of purged voters have had their ballots thrown out,” Clyde said. “Even worse, these voters do not even know that their votes were rejected because they are not notified when that happens.”

    Larry Harmon, one such voter, became a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the purge filed by Demos and the ACLU of Ohio. “As a result of these violations, numerous Ohioans have been disenfranchised in recent elections, and many more face the threat of disenfranchisement in the 2016 Presidential Election and future elections,” the lawsuit stated.

    In late June, federal district court Judge George C. Smith, a Reagan appointee, ruled for the state, saying that “Ohio’s procedures of maintaining the voter registration rolls ensure the integrity of the election process.” Smith ruled that Ohio had not violated the National Voter Registration Act, which forbids purging based on infrequent voting, because the infrequent voters had failed to respond to a mailing sent by the state warning that their registrations would be suspended—a questionable interpretation of the law. The Sixth Circuit court will hear an appeal on July 27.

    This isn’t the first time a controversial voter purge in Ohio has attracted scrutiny in the midst of a hotly contested presidential election. In 2004, the Ohio Republican Party sent a mailing to 232,000 newly registered voters, urging them to vote Republican. When 35,000 mailers were returned as undeliverable, the GOP tried to purge those voters from the rolls. As I reported in my book Give Us the Ballot, “more than half the challenged voters lived in Ohio’s two most populous counties—Cuyahoga (Cleveland) and Franklin (Columbus)—which were overwhelmingly Democratic and heavily minority.” The DNC sued the RNC and a federal court blocked the purge, ruling that voters “faced irreparable injury” to their “constitutional right to vote.”

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  • djean111 (5606 posts)
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    1. Wonder if they got tips on purging Democratic voters from the DNC.

    I can just see it now – election night – “All 23 votes have been cast, and the winner is…..”  

    • *Obligatory disclaimer - when I say "Democratic Party" I mean the DNC - the Clintons and the un-elected people and the consultants and the lobbyists and the corporations who actually run things.  The people who work and vote and are registered as "D" are no more the actual party than Trekkies are Star Trek.   Extra credit - the Democratic Party gets to actually fuck up your life. When you vote for it.
    You think the only reason that people won't vote for a warmongering Third Way fracking-enabling cluster bomb throwing H-1B increasing lying pandering corporate and Wall Street shill who says she has no problem putting abortion rights on the table is because we are mad about Bernie?  Um, nope.