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Jun 11, 2018

Weekly Primer: SCOTUS Deals Voting Rights Advocates A Major Setback

The big news in voting rights this week was the Supreme Court decision on Monday that upheld Ohio’s aggressive voter-purge system. The decision was a blow for voting-rights advocates who argued that Ohio’s regime — which removes from the rolls voters who miss six years of federal elections and fail to return a postcard mailed to them by the state — was a violation of the National Voter Registration Act. Expect more states to follow Ohio’s lead and put in place aggressive purge procedures. A week before, voting-rights activists secured a victory in Arizona with a settlement in a lawsuit challenging the state’s proof-of-citizenship voter-registration requirement. The requirement is still on the books for state- and local-office elections — Arizona previously lost a Supreme Court fight to implement it in federal elections — but state election officials agreed last week to allow people who have previously provided proof of citizenship at the DMV to vote without being required to show…

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