The Supreme Court on Friday scheduled oral arguments in a case involving Ohio’s voter registration lists for Jan. 10. The justices in Husted v. A Philip Randolph Institute will look to determine whether Ohio’s maintenance of its voter registration list is lawful, a decision that could have lasting impact on the outcome of future elections. Ohio gives voters who have been inactive for two years a confirmation notice that requires a response. If no response is obtained and the voter remains inactive for four years, Ohio removes the voter from its lists. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and Help America Vote Act of 2002 both prevent states from stripping names off its voter registration rolls because a person is not voting.
The Supreme Court’s new schedule released Friday for its January sitting includes arguments in nine cases. The justices will hear arguments in 10 more cases before the end of 2017 after they return after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Three of the most anticipated cases of the Supreme Court’s term, which involve free expression and gay rights, sports gambling, and governmental surveillance, will be heard in three consecutive oral argument days in December.