Litigation

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...
09/22/2017
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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...
09/22/2017
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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...
09/22/2017
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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...
09/22/2017
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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...
09/22/2017
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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,...
09/22/2017
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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...
09/22/2017
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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...
09/22/2017
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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...
09/22/2017
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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...
09/22/2017
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