The US Supreme Court gives Ohio the green light to continue its aggressive voter purge, allowing other states to try similar tactics. I’ll say it over and over — elections have consequences. Period.

The state of Ohio sends a notice every year to voters who have not cast a ballot in the previous two-year cycle. Voters are asked to respond to the notice, update their registration online, or vote sometime in the next four years. If they do none of these things, they are removed from the rolls, ostensibly in an effort to prevent voter fraud by removing ineligible names. Reuters analyzed the state’s three largest counties and found that people in Democratic-leaning neighborhoods were removed at twice the rate of people in Republican areas and that “neighborhoods that have a high proportion of poor, African-American residents are hit hardest.”

The court’s 5-4 decision is likely to resurrect an era that the NVRA was meant to end. The practice of purging voters dates back more than 100 years. Just as today, it was justified as a necessary tool to thwart fraud and maintain the integrity of elections. But in practice, it was often used to suppress the votes of those who might not support the party in power. The result of the aggressive purges was that Americans participated in elections at a far lower rate than citizens of other Western democracies. Purges were often more aggressive in Southern states, particularly after the civil rights movement removed other barriers, such as poll taxes, for African Americans to cast ballots. The NVRA was meant to solve this problem, and it specifically prohibited states from removing people from the rolls “by reason of the person’s failure to vote.” Source: Mother Jones