(Washington, D.C.) Ohio and its voting rules are center stage today at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Voter rights groups won a federal appeals court victory against Ohio's top elections official last year, but Republican secretary of state Jon Husted is appealing to the federal supreme court over his process for removing inactive voters from the registration rolls.
Under those rules, voters who fail to cast a ballot in a two-year period are targeted for eventual removal, if they still live in the same place and remain eligible. The aim is to keep up-to-date, accurate voter logs.
But critics claim it's a free-speech issue to some degree-- where choosing not to vote is as important as voting-- and there should be no penalty for that. Oral arguments are scheduled today with a decision by the high court is expected by late June.