The Right To Not Vote: Larry Harmon's Supreme Court Case Against Ohio

November 24, 2017 | | Radio WOSU |

More than a quarter of Ohio’s registered voters didn’t cast ballots last year, and for some of them, that could have been one inactive election too many. Ohio has been removing voters who haven’t cast ballots over a period of six years – unless they contact their Board of Elections during that time.

Larry Harmon is one of them, and now his lawsuit against Ohio is the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case expected to be argued early next year. [...]

The U.S. Supreme Court case centers on whether federal law allows Ohio to remove voters solely for failing to vote. Harmon is supported in his case by the ACLU and the New York-based public advocacy group Demos, which say Ohio's procedures violate the National Voting Rights Act. In addition, 12 states and the District of Columbia have submitted briefs in agreement.