In an ideal world, every eligible voter would be registered and voting in every district election (#YallaVote). America's struggle to reach this vision of full enfranchisement and engagement continues in part due to a new Supreme Court ruling in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute. The ruling allows Ohio to continue the practice of purging eligible voters from its voting rolls in a process triggered by simply not voting. The majority opinion considered whether this practice, which includes sending inactive voters postcards to verify their address, violates the National Voter Registration Act and the Help America Vote Act, and determined it technically does not. Voting rights advocates have tried to contextualize the voter purges as part of an obvious trend to suppress voter turnout, particularly among poor and minority voters. In her dissent opinion, Justice Sotomayor aptly pointed out the majority's failure to consider the context of the widespread and intentional voter suppression efforts occurring when the NVRA & HAVA were passed. In doing so, the majority neglected to honor the intent of the acts. While we brace for impact as the consequences of this bad-for-democracy ruling unfold (unless Congress chooses to do something about this and pass legislation to expand voting rights...nudge nudge), we can take solace in knowing some states are working to help people vote, and we can use their models to advocate for expanded rights within our own local and state communities.  

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