Supreme Court Ruling On Ohio Voter Purge Will Have Long-Range Impact on Black Votes

June 11, 2017 | | Atlanta Black Star |

“Ohio’s practice of purging infrequent voters from the rolls has prevented countless eligible Ohioans from casting their votes and making their voices heard, and violates the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA),” Brenda Wright, vice president for policy and legal strategies at Demossaid in a statement. “The NVRA clearly prohibits states from systematically preventing eligible persons from exercising their right to vote by removing voters from the rolls based on their failure to vote.” [...]

With partisanship in the United States on the rise, there is a valid concern that the aggressive use of discriminatory voting practice may turn the United States into effectively an oligarchy, where politicians choose who can vote and who they can vote for.

“This can definitely be considered a crisis of our system of democracy,” Wright said. “The problem is not that there are too many people voting. The problem is that there are eligible voters that cannot vote. We must put our energy into working to get these people registered and ensuring that there are no encumbrances toward their implementation of their constitutional right.”

Wright pointed out that the level of voter disenfranchisement today makes this time in American history unique. While the nature of party politics suggests that the party in power takes advantage of the situation to enhance and maintain its power, not since Reconstruction has a party taken the steps the Republican Party has to not only limit the size of the electorate but also to deny voters the right to pick a representative who actually represent them. Wright states. “If we as a democracy are to continue, we must be willing to hear everyone and not just those that agree with us.”