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Asian Americans Target of Voter Purge in Ohio, Says AAPI Group

Get Out the Vote
If you can’t beat them, get rid of them.

That may be the philosophy of the Trump administration and the Republican party who are moving to purge the voter rolls in Ohio.

Poll after poll shows Asian Americans and Latinx overwhelmingly vote Democratic.

They are also less likely to vote in an election.

In the swing state of Ohio, political leaders are “purportedly” purging the voting rolls of people who may have moved, but groups such as Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Latino Justice PRLDEF say in reality the practice targets voters who fail to vote.

The case has gone to the US Supreme Court where oral arguments will be heard.

In a statement, People for the American Way says “Asian American and Latino registrants vote at lower rates than the rest of the U.S. population. Because of their lower voting rates, Asian Americans and Latinos are more likely to be subject to Ohio’s Supplemental Process and purged from the registration lists than any other racial group.”

According to the Toledo Blade,a former Justice Department official says the support of the purge by the Trump White House is unprecedented.

“It’s been the long-standing position of the Department of Justice that it is unlawful under the National Voting Registration Act to start a voter purge process based on a failure to vote,” said Sam Bagenstos, former principal deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights who has served under both Democrats and Republicans.

“The Supplemental Process thus does not violate (the law) because it does not remove registrants solely for their initial failure to vote,” the Trump administration wrote in its brief filed in August. “Registrants are sent a notice because of that initial failure, but they are not removed unless they fail to respond and fail to vote for the additional period…”

The case is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court November 8.
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  1. RE: Asian Americans Target Voter Purge in Ohio, Says AAPI Group: Why do people register to vote and then not bother to vote? AsianAm groups need to work on getting out the vote instead of criticizing the Trump Administration. Personally, I want a cleaned up Voter Registration system. I’m tired of people complaining but not bothering to vote. It is so easy now to vote that there is no excuse. If the AsianAm community wants respect and a voice and a seat at the table, then get out and vote. Simple.
    And by the way, how about an Asam news article on Acting US Attorney John Kim? Kim did a great job today presenting the NCAA investigation and he has has been doing good work even before he succeeded Preet Bharara


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