June 11, 2018; New York Times and Washington Post
In January 2018, NPQ published an article suggesting that nonprofits brace for another attack on voting rights. The gist of that article was the case being heard by the Supreme Court about Ohio’s efforts to purge its voter rolls of people who had not voted in two federal election cycles and not returned a mailed notification that asks them to verify their address. Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in favor of Ohio. What was once a warning has become much more than that; now, nonprofits need to think about how they will work on voter registration, a longstanding nonpartisan way to prod constituents to exercise their rights. With this decision, registering people to vote is no longer enough; nonprofits must ensure that people who are registered maintain that right.