The Supreme Court is upholding an Ohio law that aims to remove voter registrations from the rolls that are invalid, improving the integrity of future elections. This also could prevent Democratic strongholds in cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, who have a history of mysterious voting irregularities from future shenanigans.
In a 5-4 Supreme Court decision, the Ohio law uses “special procedures” to ensure that phantom voters do not gain access to the electoral system.
The Western Journal states that in order to maintain this integrity, “Ohio’s law provided that when voters do not show up in two consecutive elections, the state is to send out a mailing asking the voter to respond to keep his or her registration active.”
“The mailing must include a stamped, self-addressed reply envelope to maximize the convenience of replying,” the article continues. “If the state gets no response and the voter doesn’t vote in the next two consecutive elections, his or her name is dropped from the rolls.”
In fact, The Pew Research Foundation determined that about one in eight, or 24 million voter registrations in the United States, are considered “no longer valid or significantly inaccurate.”
“The notice in question here warns recipients that unless they take the simple and easy step of mailing back the pre-addressed, postage prepaid card — or take the equally easy step of updating their information online — their names may be removed from the voting rolls if they do not vote during the next four years,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote. “It was Congress’s judgment that a reasonable person with an interest in voting is not likely to ignore notice of this sort.”
In addition, Pew also found that almost 3 million people are registered to vote in multiple states and more than 1.8 million people who are listed as voters are deceased.
These inaccuracies invite fraudulent voters in and make it easy to pose as someone who has died or moved, coupled with the lack of a photo identification requirement in several states.
This Supreme Court decision will allow states to clean up their voter rolls and ensure a more honest electoral system in the future.