RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Many of us take voting for granted. We show up every two years or more if need be, and think nothing about it. But there are some people who vote less frequently.
In Ohio under state law, residents who do not vote for two years are at risk of being purged from voter rolls. It's a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, which must decide if Ohio's law violates the National Voter Registration Act, which bars states from striking registered voters because of their failure to vote.
Plaintiffs in the case say Ohio uses failure to vote as the initial mechanism to begin the process of purging voters. Ohio says it needs to clean up voters rolls and this is the way to do it. It is one of seven states that examines infrequent voting as part voting lists.
“Failure to vote is not a sole sufficient reason to either inquire or cancel a voter registration in this state,” says Deanna Spikula, Washoe County Registrar of Voters.
Spikula says Nevada voters who do not vote in two consecutive federal elections aren't automatically looked at for inactive status.
Nevada is one of seven original states that participates in the Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC. The system interconnects participating states, and taps into the U.S. Postal Service, DMV, and Social Security to locate voters who have moved, changed their names or even died since the last election.
Such flags would prompt the registrar’s office to notify the voter with a card to request updated information if any, for the voter to stay active.
States can also notify other states in the ERIC network concerning residents who have moved. The new resident can then be notified and asked if they would like to register to vote in their new home state.
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