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Amicus: The Right Not To Vote: SCOTUS will weigh whether Ohio had the right to purge more than a million voters who sat out elections.

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Sometimes the technical stuff is how you get to the crucial stuff. Next week, the Supreme Court will hear a case about Ohio’s voter purge, and the case rests on some sticky statutory interpretation questions. Millions of voters were purged from the Ohio’s rolls after they sat out a couple of elections and in this episode of Amicus, Dahlia does a deep dive into the technicalities of the case. Dahlia and her guests also use this moment to take stock of the state of voting rights in the US. Dahlia talks with Mayor Joseph Helle of Oak Harbor Ohio, a veteran who came home from service to find he’d been purged from the rolls after not voting while on active duty, and to the director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, Dale Ho. Dale even cites his favorite Justice Scalia opinion ever. Transcripts of Amicus are available to Slate Plus members several days after each episode posts. To learn more about Slate Plus, go to let us know what you think of Amicus. Join the discussion of this episode on Facebook. Our email is production by Sara Burningham.

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