Talking Points Memo | Supreme Court Hands GOP Loss in Ohio Voting Rights Case
Short version: The GOP said that Ohio law mandates that every new voter registration needs to be verified. 200,000 new voters in Ohio--mostly working-class folks--had typos on their forms. The GOP said the Ohio gov't needs to vet all of these individually in the next three weeks or those people shouldn't be allowed to vote.
The Supreme Court, surprisingly, overturned the GOP request for
stripping the voting rights form 200,000 people. Not because the case doesn't have merit, but because the GOP doesn't have proper standing. Essentially saying that the GOP isn't being hurt by this and they do not have the right to sue the gov't to force them to enforce laws. Interesting.
The Supreme Court a short time ago vacated a temporary restraining order issued by a federal district judge in that big Ohio voting rights case. The TRO had required the Ohio Secretary of State to identify mismatches between information on new voter registration forms and state DMV records and provide those mismatches to county election officials.
As we've been reporting this week, the GOP brought the lawsuit as part of its strategic effort to disqualify voters in swing states. Once the mismatches are identified, the process of trying to disqualifyvoters can begin. By one estimate, one-third of the voters who registered this year in Ohio might have such mismatches, some 200,000 voters. Mismatches include things like ... typos.
The district court initially sided with the GOP, a three-judge appeals panel overturned the district court, then the entire 6th Circuit Court of Appeals took up the case and upheld the district court.