Beshear Asking US Supreme Court to Strike Down Ohio Voter-Suppression Law

Attorney General Andy Beshear is asking the Supreme Court of the United States to strike down an Ohio law in order to safeguard Kentuckians from any potential for a similar voter-suppression law. The Ohio law subjects voters to a process that removes them from the voter rolls if they fail to vote during any two-year period. Beshear said that, as there are no Kentucky elections in 2017, a similar law could disenfranchise every Kentuckian who failed to vote in 2016. Beshear and a group of state attorneys general say the Ohio law violates the National Voter Registration Act and should be struck down to prevent these types of laws being instituted in their states. The National Voter Registration Act prohibits any maintenance procedure that removes “any person from the official list of voters registered to vote…by reason of the person’s failure to vote.”

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