Is it too much to ask voters to vote?
In a partisan 5-4 split, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case involving how Ohio purges voting rolls.
The 1993 National Voter Registration Act requires states to attempt to remove people who have moved or died from voter roles.
Ohio does this by notifying by mail people who failed to cast a ballot in a federal election, asking them to confirm they have not moved so they can continue to be eligible to vote.
Those who don’t cast a ballot over three federal elections over six years and who fail to return a notification card are purged from voter roles.
Ohio’s approach seems to be predicated on the notion that voters would be most interested in congressional elections, especially the selection of members of the U.S. House of Representatives, who are elected every two years.
Perhaps that’s an errant assumption. Maybe what’s needed is a way for voters to cast ballots without making a choice between candidates. A “none of the above” option would give voters the ability to maintain a voting record.
Of course, that could lead to another issue: What if “none of the above” were to receive the most votes?