Did you know that “Ohio law allows the cancellation of registrations for voters who have not cast a ballot for six years if they do not respond to a confirmation notice after the first two years or take other action?” (Columbus Dispatch 9/6/19)
It’s unfortunate that when you turned 18, no one told you that if you didn’t vote enough, you’d lose your right to vote. That is so unfair.
This case went to the Supreme Court, and in a 5-4 decision, the ruling declared that voter purging is just fine. In Cuyahoga County, 28,940 voters were removed from the voter registry. But since voting is our superpower, that means that we can fight back against this voter suppression and other forms of voter suppression that are alive and ugly in this country and have been for hundreds of years.
We fight back by being informed.
You probably read about all the mistakes being made in voter purges throughout the state. It’s possible that eligible voters have been purged, so please check your voting status now. I vote in every election, and I checked mine. I’m good.
Call 216 443-VOTE (8683) to find out if you’re a registered voter. The deadline for voter registration for the November 5 election is October 7th at 9:00 p.m.
You can register at your nearest library or the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections located at 2925 Euclid Avenue.
Did you know that if you have been convicted of a crime, you still have the right to vote?
The following information is from the American Civil Liberties Union (www.acluohio.org/vote):
- If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor, you have the right to vote even if you are incarcerated.
- If you have been arrested for a felony but have not been convicted, you still have the right to vote.
- If you have been convicted of a felony, you may not vote while incarcerated. Once you are out of prison or jail, you must re-register to vote, even if you were previously registered. You have the right to vote.
- If you live in a halfway house, are on parole, probation, house arrest or any other sort of correctional control, you have the right to vote.
I recently attended a Voting Rights workshop at the Congressional Black Legislative Caucus Conference in Washington, DC. There I watched a must-see documentary entitled Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook. It is narrated by actor Jeffrey Wright and is available on Amazon Prime. If you want to know how to fight voter suppression, this is a great tool to use with groups of people who are ready to join the battle for our voting rights.