Litigation

SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT I. Under Ohio’s “supplemental process,” the failure to vote is both the reason the state initiates its voter-purge procedure and the most immediate cause of a registrant’s removal from the rolls at the end of that procedure. That process violates the NVRA. It is not...
09/21/2017
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SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT Like many states, Ohio has engineered its laws and practices to protect its two-party system. Ballot access laws make it extremely costly and difficult for minor political parties and minor candidates to win space on Ohio’s ballots. Because of Ohio’s restrictive...
09/21/2017
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SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT Amici, current and former Ohio elections officials, seek to ensure that Ohio’s voter rolls are as up-to-date and accurate as possible. Ohio’s Supplemental Process is antithetical to that goal. It results in the elimination of voters from the rolls who are, in fact,...
09/21/2017
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INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) provides that no state may engage in any program or activity that will “result in the removal of the name of any person from the official list of voters registered to vote in an election for Federal...
09/21/2017
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SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT The right to vote and the practical ability to exercise that right are essential to a functional, responsive democracy. Active duty servicemembers and veterans have made significant and unique sacrifices to protect American democracy. Quite often, however, these...
09/21/2017
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SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT Using its authority under the Elections Clause, Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which prohibits state voter purge laws that “result in the removal of the name of any person from the official list of voters registered to vote in an election...
09/21/2017
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INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT The right to vote is foundational to our system of government and essential to all other rights of citizenship. It is so foundational that it cannot be forfeited simply by a failure to exercise it. Indeed, citizens can choose not to vote without...
09/21/2017
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SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT This case is about voting, a right “at the heart of representative government.” Reynolds v. Sims, 377 U.S. 533, 555 (1964). The franchise has expanded throughout our history via constitutional amendments and federal legislation, as well as shifting norms and...
09/21/2017
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SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT The outcome of this case will not affect only Petitioner and the state of Ohio. Nor will it just affect the hundreds of thousands of eligible voters in Ohio who have been and will be unlawfully removed from the voter registration rolls by virtue of...
09/21/2017
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SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT Voter inactivity is a poor measure to identify ineligible voters. Ohio presumes that a registrant who has failed to vote in a single federal election has likely moved outside his registration jurisdiction. But in any particular election, many people decline to vote...
09/21/2017
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