For over 130 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has said that the right to vote fundamental. The idea is that voting for candidates who represent our views is the primary means through which we protect our interests, whatever they might be. Yet ecent events raise serious questions about the currently short-staffed Supreme Court’s capacity to protect the right to vote against 21st Century threats. [Read Comment]
On June 5, a hearing was scheduled before the Ohio Secretary of State to consider rules relating to HB 3 regulating voter registration (See the Notice of Hearing here). These regulations mirror emergency rules already in place that became effective May 1, 2006, and are set to expire on July 30, 2006 (see Emergency Regulations and Proposed Regulations below). In effect, the outcome of this hearing will decide whether these regulations will remain as merely emergency rules, expiring as originally set, or become rules that would regulate the registration of voters past the original deadline of July 30, 2006.
Amended Proposed Regulations (Refiled June 14, 2006)