>> Today's date is->> In the bloat of voting rights activists, the Supreme Court, on Monday, gave a green light to Ohio's policy of purging infrequent voters from its registration rolls. The high court's five-four decision overturned a lower court ruling that said Ohio's policy violated the National Voter Registration Act, which bars removing people for failing to vote.
Reporter Andy Sullivan has followed the case on the ground in Ohio.>> So all state have an obligation to keep their voter rolls current, removing dead people, people who moved out of state, that sort of thing, but only a handful remove people who don't vote on a regular basis.
And Ohio is one of these. If you don't vote in a few elections in a row, they'll then send a card to your house making sure that you still live there, if you don't respond to that then they'll kick you off. Now that can come as a nasty surprise to some people who say they missed that postcard in the mail, or they didn't see it for whatever reason.
They show up to vote. They're turned away.>> The challengers criticized what they called a use it or loose it policy, saying some people don't vote when they don't support any of the candidates. Writing for the majority, Conservative Justice Samuel Alito said, the court wasn't deciding whether the policy is the ideal way to keep voting rules up to date, but simply whether the rule violated federal law.
The decision coming months before the midterm elections deals a setback to voting rights proponents, who say the practice disenfranchises thousands of registered voters.>> We took a look at this practice in Ohio back in 2016. And we found that sure enough, it really did have a disproportionate impact, that voters in Democratic leaning neighborhoods tended to get weeded out much more frequently, about twice as often as voters in Republican leaning neighborhoods.
This is because those people who live in those neighborhoods tend to move more frequently.>> Many of them racial minorities and poor people who tend to back Democratic candidates.