Litigation

SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT Petitioner tries to defend voter registration purges triggered by non-voting as a “longstanding state practice.” Brief for the Petitioner at 2. “Longstanding” as Ohio’s practice may be, Congress intended to uproot it in the NVRA. The Department of Justice and the...
09/21/2017
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SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT Ohio’s Supplemental Process purports to purge from its rolls those voters who have moved, but, in reality, it targets voters for failure to vote in violation of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). And, in doing so, the Supplemental Process disproportionately affects...
09/21/2017
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INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT Despite centuries of struggle, the sacred right to vote continues to evade a large number of voters of color in the United States. as the court has recognized, the right of suffrage is fundamental to a free and democratic society. Reynolds v. Sims,...
09/21/2017
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SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT Ohio’s “Supplemental Process” for removing registrants from its voter rolls, which is triggered by an individual’s failure to vote for a mere two years, violates the plain language of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (the “NVRA”) and runs counter to Congress’s...
09/21/2017
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SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT The purge provisions contained in Section 8 of the NVRA are designed to prevent states from instituting practices to remove registered voters from the rolls based on unreasonable inferences that the voter has become ineligible. The NVRA requires states to make “a...
09/21/2017
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SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT There is no greater symbol of our democracy than our citizens’ right to vote. The NVRA protects this fundamental right through two provisions that Ohio’s Supplemental Process violates. First, the NVRA ensures that, once a citizen has properly registered to vote, a...
09/21/2017
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SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT This case presents the question of whether the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) allows states to initiate the process for removing citizens from the registration rolls based solely on their failure to vote. Allowing states to disenfranchise voters on this basis would be...
09/21/2017
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INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT This case arises under the National Voter Registration Act. But the Ohio policy at issue—a “use-it-or-lose it” rule whereby a registered voter is deemed “inactive,” commencing a process that can result in the voter being purged from the voter rolls,...
09/21/2017
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INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT As amici demonstrate in Part I, the Democracy Voucher program (“the program”) serves the City’s important interests in strengthening local democracy in Seattle by reducing wealth-based barriers to participation in electoral campaigns and reducing a legitimate...
09/18/2017
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INTRODUCTION Ohio assumes that a registered voter who has not voted or engaged in other voter activity for two years “may have moved.” Directive 2015-09, R.42-2, PageID#1588. It directs county boards of elections to mail “confirmation notices” to all such voters, and to remove anyone...
09/15/2017
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