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Thu Jun 2, 2016, 06:31 PM

Democratic Voters More Likely To Be Targeted By Ohio’s Voter Purge

Yet another lawsuit attacking Ohio's attempts to steal elections http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/06/02/3784181/ohio-purge-democrats/

Over the last five years, Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State has purged about 2 million inactive voters from its rolls. Civil rights groups have sued the state, arguing the purge violates federal voting laws. As the 2016 election draws closer, a new Reuters analysis finds that far more Democrats than Republicans are being purged in the state’s most populous counties.

In Ohio’s major cities, including Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, voters have been removed from the rolls in Democratic-leaning neighborhoods at about twice the rate as in Republican neighborhoods. In some neighborhoods in Cincinnati with a high proportion of poor, African-American residents, as much as 10 percent of the voting population has been purged. Because Democratic voters have lower turnout rates for mid-term, off-year elections, they are at greater risk of being purged. Counties that backed President Obama in 2008 have had far more residents kicked off the rolls than counties that backed John McCain.



Under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, commonly know as the “motor voter law,” states can only remove voters from the rolls if they request the removal, die, or move out of state. The law also demands the list maintenance program be nondiscriminatory. The American Civil Liberties Union argued in their lawsuit against the purge that stripping voters from the rolls simply for not voting in the past few elections is illegal.
Voter purges are just one of many ways that the Ohio GOP is trying to steal the next election

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Reply Democratic Voters More Likely To Be Targeted By Ohio’s Voter Purge (Original post)
Letmypeoplevote Jun 2016 OP
Aldar Jun 2016 #1
Duke Lacrosse Jun 2016 #2
Letmypeoplevote Jun 2016 #3
specs Jun 2016 #4
Muddling Through Jun 2016 #6
specs Jun 2016 #7
MeatSandwich Jun 2016 #23
Carlos W Bush Jun 2016 #5
fncceo Jun 2016 #8
Lifelong Jun 2016 #9
Bob the Bilderberger Jun 2016 #10
Jack Flash Jun 2016 #11
Letmypeoplevote Jun 2016 #13
Jack Flash Jun 2016 #14
Letmypeoplevote Jun 2016 #21
Letmypeoplevote Jun 2016 #12
DDKick Jun 2016 #15
Grumpy Pickle Jun 2016 #16
Letmypeoplevote Jun 2016 #19
MeatSandwich Jun 2016 #24
brew9876 Jun 2016 #17
Letmypeoplevote Jun 2016 #18
Jack Flash Jun 2016 #20
DoDaMan Jun 2016 #22
Jack Flash Jun 2016 #25
Letmypeoplevote Jun 2016 #30
Letmypeoplevote Jun 2016 #27
LaughingGull Jun 2016 #26
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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 06:32 PM

1. good

 

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 06:33 PM

2. I'm not seeing a problem here.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 06:34 PM

3. In Ohio, battle rages over access to voting

This article discusses a number of ways that the Ohio GOP is trying to steal the next election including voter purges http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/ohio-battle-rages-over-access-voting

With Ohio set to once again be a pivotal swing state this fall, the state’s Republicans are looking to restrict access to the voting booth—extending a sprawling battle over voting in the Buckeye State that has raged for more than a decade.

A recent court ruling foiled the GOP’s bid to end same-day voter registration—for now. But a controversial new Republican-backed bill would make it harder to keep polls open late if unforeseen problems arise, as they have in the past. Meanwhile, the state’s top election official is being sued over a controversial purge of the voter rolls. And even a measure to let voters register online that has won GOP support is nonetheless causing controversy.....

Then there are the battles over the voter rolls. In April, voting rights groups sued Husted over his controversial policy of removing from the rolls anyone who failed to vote in the last three federal elections or any intervening contest. The groups say what Husted is doing not only violates federal voting law but also is unnecessary, because the state already uses U.S. Postal Service information to keep the rolls up to date.

“We have spoken to purged voters from around the state of Ohio who tried to vote in the November 2015 local election and were turned away,” an ACLU lawyer said in a statement. “The already widespread disenfranchisement that has resulted from this process is likely to be much worse in a presidential election year.”

Even on an issue where some had seen the chance for bipartisan cooperation, online voter registration, there has been acrimony. Last week, lawmakers approved a measure to allow online voter registration—with Husted’s enthusiastic support. The problem? Republicans ensured that the new system won’t take effect until 2017, even though Husted says it’s ready to go now. That means it won’t help get Ohioans onto the rolls for this fall’s election.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 06:36 PM

4. Typically, when someone dies they are no longer able to vote.

 

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Response to specs (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 06:42 PM

6. Except for Chicago.......................................

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Response to Muddling Through (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 06:47 PM

7. Apparently in Ohio too :D Anywhere Democrat party is at I guess.

 

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Response to Muddling Through (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 10:25 PM

23. And *apparently* Ohio.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 06:37 PM

5. Doesn't matter. Ohio will go for Trump this year.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 06:49 PM

8. Who says the news is never good?

Sometimes you read a story that has you smiling all day.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 06:52 PM

9. So now there is a problem with purging if it affects Hillary.

Oh well. I said the purging will hurt Hillary in the GE, like it has hurt Bernie in the primary.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 07:12 PM

10. Most likely to be the voting dead or felons

No surprise here.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 07:25 PM

11. Yes or no question, Goth.

 

Is it legal for the State to remove inactive voters from the rolls?

2) is it appropriate for the State ensure the security and validity of elections?

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Response to Jack Flash (Reply #11)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 07:31 PM

13. Read the motor voter law-there are strict limitations on voter purges

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Reply #13)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 07:34 PM

14. I'm familiar with them.

 

Here's your chance Goth, now argue how the purging going on now violates the law.

Try hard, Goth.

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Response to Jack Flash (Reply #14)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 07:59 PM

21. Yes it is if not done in accordance with the Motor Voter and other laws

Florida tries this every year and loses in court. The same will happen in Ohio

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 07:31 PM

12. Civic Groups Ask Courts To Stop Unlawful Voter Purging Practice

Here is more on the litigation filed on this issue http://www.demos.org/press-release/civic-groups-ask-courts-stop-unlawful-voter-purging-practice

Yesterday, a voting rights coalition asked the federal court to stop Ohio’s practice of removing properly registered voters from its voter registration list simply because they have not voted in recent elections. The plaintiffs, who initiated the lawsuit in early April, are composed of civic groups and a longtime Ohioan who was disenfranchised by this process.

Ohio assumes that individuals who opt not to vote within a two-year period have changed their address, and initiates a voter-removal process. The Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH), and Larry Harmon, represented by Demos and the ACLU of Ohio, made a motion for summary judgment to end these unlawful voter purges.

“Ohio is aggressively removing voters from its rolls for no reason other than their failure to vote on a frequent basis,” said Stuart Naifeh, senior counsel at Demos, a public policy organization based in New York. “Our democracy –and our federal law—does not tolerate singling out voters who miss an election and cancelling their registrations.”

Federal law is very clear that voters, once registered at their address, must remain on the voter registration list as long as they are eligible to vote. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (“NVRA”) both specifically prohibits the cancellation of voter registrations for failing to vote and outlines a precise, lawful process to remove (or re-register) voters who have changed their addresses. As a result of Ohio’s practice, registered voters whose eligibility has not changed—voters who should rightly be registered and able to vote—have been removed from the rolls. Many of these voters will not learn that they are no longer registered until they attempt to vote in the upcoming presidential election and are turned away from the polls.

Ohio citizen Larry Harmon, who has already experienced this problem, was prevented from voting in Ohio’s 2015 statewide election. Although Mr. Harmon has lived at his current address for sixteen years, registered to vote many years ago, and voted in past presidential elections, he went to the polls for the 2015 state elections and learned for the first time that he had been removed from the voter list. He was not allowed to cast a ballot in that election.

“I was upset by what was happening in Washington, D.C., in 2012, and didn’t vote in that year’s election,” said Mr. Harmon. “In 2015, I wanted to vote and I was disappointed to have my vote taken away from me, depriving me of the ability to vote my conscience, simply because I decided not to vote in certain elections.”

This illegal practice of removing properly registered voters who have not moved could prevent thousands of eligible citizens from voting in the upcoming presidential election. The state’s most recent “voter purge,” conducted in the summer of 2015, removed an estimated several hundred thousands of voters – most of whom had last voted in the high-turnout 2008 presidential election. Cuyahoga County alone cancelled the registrations of more than 40,000 voters based only on their failure to vote, and a disproportionate number of those removed were in poor neighborhoods and in communities of color.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 07:39 PM

15. Wait Hon , Tell the movers to hold on

We have to UN-register ( is that even a word?) to vote here in Ohio before we move or die !
I am going to call around to see how hard it is to UN-Register that should be interesting.
There should be a poll , have you ever UN-Registered to vote ?

Seriously if voting is that important to someone , if they care that much find out if your registered ahead of time. If you haven't voted years don't act surprised you need to register again. In fact voter ID's should expire and have to be renewed to prove you still have the right to vote. No brand new felons trotting down to vote that way.

Voting is for adults act like one don't depend on your nanny state big gov so much.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 07:54 PM

16. ...

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Response to Grumpy Pickle (Reply #16)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 07:58 PM

19. Don't worry, the courts will fix this attempted theft

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Reply #19)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 10:27 PM

24. No they won't. In this case, the purge is perfectly legal, and necessary.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 07:57 PM

17. And the problem is?

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 07:57 PM

18. Ohio voter purge could mean thousands of occasional voters won't be able to cast ballots in November

The Ohio GOP really wants to steal the next election http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/6/2/1533598/-Ohio-voter-purge-could-mean-thousands-of-occasional-voters-won-t-be-able-to-cast-ballots-in-November

Last month, four organizations filed a lawsuit against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted over purges of the voter rolls. Those purges, imposed on voters who fail to cast ballots in three consecutive federal elections, affect people of color and Democrats disproportionately, lawyers for the groups say. They also penalize the homeless, who have no reliable way to receive mail. The state sends a postcard to voters who have missed an election.

All states cleanse their voter rolls of the deceased and people who have moved. But few do so based on how often a person casts a ballot. In fact, one of the claims in the lawsuit is that the practice of doing so violates federal law:

Keary McCarthy, president of Innovation Ohio, says Husted has taken purging the voter rolls a step too far.

“To invalidate someone’s registration simply for the fact that they haven’t voted in six years is not what the National Voter Registration Act was intended to do and that’s why this lawsuit is so important,” McCarthy said. ...

“You end up depressing, I think, Democratic voters – Democratic turnout,” McCarthy said. “It affects both parties, certainly affects both parties, but when you think about potential motivation for this, you have to look at it honestly.”
In fact, the policy affects voters regardless of their party affiliation. But a Reuters survey shows that it seems to be giving a boost to Republicans in the state's largest metropolitan areas. In Ohio’s three largest counties that include the cities of Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus, roughly twice as many voters have been removed from the rolls in Democratic-leaning neighborhoods as in Republican neighborhoods. Just another effort to shave a percentage point or two off Democratic turnout.

Tom Filton, who heads up the conservative Judicial Watch, said the lawsuit is a move by civil liberties groups "to ensure that candidates they like are able to steal elections if necessary."

As political activists know all too well, one problem contributing to this matter is that Democrats are much more likely to skip elections than Republicans are, particularly in off-year contests. Whatever the courts decide regarding the purges, the minute the 2016 election is over on November 8, the national and state Democratic Party organizations ought to initiate a plan to get a much larger off-year percentage of voters to the polls than usual in 2018.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 07:58 PM

20. 5 minutes of reading and I've gutted your OP Goth.

 

The Motor Voter Law allows Husted to purge voters through a specified procedure.

Suck it up, buttercup.

Ohio Sec State sends a notice to anyone who has missed 2 years of elections asking them to confirm their registration or giving them the opportunity to change their addresses.

If the voter still doesn't respond its 100% legal to remove them from the rolls. It logical... the voter could be dead or moved out of state.

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Response to Jack Flash (Reply #20)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 08:54 PM

22. Yes, that's basically the rules.

Democrats crying because they did not mail back in the response card. It's really that simple, the BOE sends out cards asking you to update your info to remain as a registerd voter, all you have to do is send the postage paid card back in and you stay a registered voter.

It's pretty obvious that Democrats hard time tearing off a perforated response card and sticking it in the mail box.

How do I know all of this? I use to own a printing and mailing services company. I printed and mailed 100's of thousands of these out in Ohio for county BOE.





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Response to DoDaMan (Reply #22)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 10:50 PM

25. Nice background...

 

Bump

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Response to DoDaMan (Reply #22)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 07:33 PM

30. Swing States Already Purging Democrats from Voting Rolls

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Response to Jack Flash (Reply #20)

Fri Jun 3, 2016, 07:46 PM

27. Laypersons are cute and adorable when they make legal claims

Your attempt at analysis is so weak that it is funny.

Thank you for the laughs.

The courts will be deciding this case and not some silly layperson

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu Jun 2, 2016, 10:59 PM

26. If they are able to vote....they are able to re-register to vote.

Much ado about nothing.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Sun Jun 5, 2016, 12:01 AM

28. Ohio is Purging Infrequent Voters From the Rolls, Mostly From Democrat-Leaning Districts

Here are some more facts for the silly but funny conservatives to ignore or not be able to understand http://time.com/4354986/ohio-is-purging-infrequent-voters-from-the-rolls-mostly-from-democrat-supporting-districts/

In a controversial policy that could tip the swing state’s scales in favor of Republicans in November, Ohio has removed tens of thousands of registered voters from the rolls because they have not cast a ballot since 2008.

According to a Reuters investigation, in Ohio’s three biggest counties, voters have been taken off the rolls in neighborhoods that trend Democratic at roughly twice the rate as in Republican-leaning neighborhoods. At least 144,000 voters have lost their registration in those three counties alone, Reuters reports. Voters who have lost their registration must re-register at least 30 days prior to election day on November 8.

According to Reuters, federal law prohibits states from striking registered voters from the rolls for inactivity but also requires states to keep voter lists up to date, something typically done to cleanse the voter rolls of the names of people who have died or left the state.

Civil liberties groups sued the state last month over the practice, arguing that it is a violation of federal law and that it unfairly targets low-income Americans and minorities.

The purging of Ohio’s voter rolls has taken place under both Democratic and Republican leadership in Ohio for two decades, but the practice is receiving extra attention ahead of the November 8 election. A swing state that could tip the scales this year, Ohio has gone for the winner in every presidential election since 1960.
This lawsuit will be fun to watch

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Jun 6, 2016, 07:51 PM

29. Inside the Purge of Tens of Thousands of Ohio Voters

Here is a good report from ABC on these voter purges http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/inside-purge-tens-thousands-ohio-voters/story?id=39586417

Advocates say that the voters were incorrectly removed from the rolls.

"These people are perfectly eligible to vote," Freda Levenson, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio said. "They've lived in the same house since they've been registered, they haven't moved, they haven't been convicted of a felony, and they didn't cancel their registration."

In 2015, Cuyahoga County –- Ohio's biggest county –- canceled 40,000 registrations based only on residents' failure to vote, and a disproportionate number of those removed were in poor neighborhoods and people of color, according to Demos.

A recent Reuters report found that across Ohio's biggest cities -- Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati -- a total of 144,000 had been removed from voter registration rolls, and that voters from Democratic-leaning neighborhoods were removed at roughly twice the rate as Republican-leaning neighborhoods.

Most recently, on March 15, Levenson says registration cancellation affected about 350 people across 10 counties in Ohio in the primary election. But it's harder to know the statewide total because each of the 88 counties in Ohio manage their own voting records, which are not always publicly available.
The GOP is trying to steal the 2016 election and the courts will have to step in to stop these illegal actions

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