Tag: United States Supreme Court

Ohio’s Junk Mail Trick Led The Supreme Court To Approve Jim Crow Vote Purge

Greg Palast for Truthout

Monday’s Supreme Court decision blessing Ohio’s removal of half a million voters was ultimately decided on the issue of a postcard.

Now that little postcard threatens the voting rights of millions — but it can be reversed.

The instant-news media, working from press releases, not the Supreme Court’s decision itself, said that Husted, Ohio Secretary of State v. A. Philip Randolph Institute was about whether Ohio has the right to remove voters who failed to cast ballots in two federal election cycles.

Nope.

Even the Court’s right-wing majority concedes that federal law strictly forbids removing voters because they skipped some elections. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 states that a voter purge program “shall not result in the removal of the name of any person … by reason of the person’s failure to vote.”

But here’s the trick: ...more

Did The Supreme Court Just Legalize Caging?
The Thom Hartmann Show

Greg Palast 

The Supreme Court's blessing of Ohio's move to remove a half million voters from the rolls because they missed two elections should scare you. But dig this: At least 100,000 of those voters, mostly in Democratic areas, actually only missed one election. Being on the Crosscheck list and not returning a postcard was counted by GOP Secretary of State rules as a "missed" election. ...more