Mayor Bill Peduto

Mayor Peduto Responds To Supreme Court Voter Purge Decision

Says it should be easier, not harder to vote

June 12, 2018 - 1:36 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The US Supreme Court decision upholding the way Ohio purges its voter registration rolls is criticized by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

He says states should be making it easier for people to vote, not harder.

“You’re still an American citizen, you still are given the right to vote and states should be looking at ways to make voting easier not more difficult,” said Peduto. “It is just amazing to me that any state could pass a law that would say that if you don’t vote in more than two years you have to fill out a form, otherwise you can’t vote.”

But Pennsylvania's voter registration purge is similar, though slightly less restrictive. Here, voters are notified after four years if they haven't been to the polls.

If they fail to respond they are put on an inactive list. To vote they must confirm their address. It takes eight years to be removed from the rolls.

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