Courts, States

Supreme Court Approves States to Clean Up Voter Rolls

It’s a tad bittersweet this week after the Supreme Court decided that it might be a good idea to let states remove non-voters from their voter registration rolls.

The problem is the decision hung on a 5-4 vote.

Apparently, four justices didn’t think it prudent to remove people who’ve died, moved or are also registered in other states.

In fact, the problem is so massive that Pew estimates as many as 24 million voters are improperly registered across the nation.

That’s a big deal, and it comes as no surprise that the left has been blocking efforts both to clean up the rolls and to institute voter ID requirements.

The reason is obvious: voter fraud.

But when the rule of law and clean elections only get five votes from SCOTUS, it’s not a good sign.

Here’s more from Daily Signal…

Can a state take reasonable steps to ensure the accuracy of its voter rolls by removing people who have left the jurisdiction?

On Monday, by a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court answered “yes,” affirming an Ohio law allowing for the removal of voters who have left the state.

The opinion in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, written by Justice Samuel Alito, and joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch, is a major win for voters, who have an interest not only in ensuring that states offer sufficient opportunities to register, but also that they take steps to ensure the integrity of the electoral process.

A critical part of that process is guaranteeing that voter registration records are accurate and up-to-date, a task with which many states seem to be struggling. According to one 2012 Pew study, 24 million voter registrations nationwide—one out of every eight—are inaccurate or outdated, and some 2.8 million voters are registered in two or more states.

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