Ross: Purged from voter rolls? Then you should be purged from taxes too
Oct 15, 2019, 9:35 AM | Updated: 9:35 am
(Anna Stonehouse/The Aspen Times via AP)
Every so often, state elections officials will purge their voter registration database. It’s like a database body cleanse, to remove the people who’ve left the state or passed away.
But Ohio takes it a step further. Ohio has a use-it-or-lose-it system based on the idea that like a gallon of milk, citizenship has a use-by date. If you don’t vote for two years, they send you a postcard. If you don’t respond and then don’t vote for four more years, they purge you.
Poof! Then Ohio no longer cares what you think.
The state was about to purge 235,000 names when, according to The New York Times, Jen Miller saw her name on that list. Miller just so happens to be the director of the Ohio League of Women Voters, and had voted three times in the past year – because she runs the League of Women Voters for crying out loud!
It turns out about 40,000 people were on the list by mistake. Given Ohio’s status as a swing state, that could easily change a national election.
I’ll say it again: “No taxation without representation” is fundamental to our system.
Any state that improperly denies a citizen the right to vote should be forced to refund to that citizen every penny of state and federal tax, be it sales tax, property tax, income tax, car tabs, excise, utility, lodging, car rental, gas tax, and library fines. Then we’ll see how many they purge.
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