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Go deeper: What the Supreme Court's voter purge case means for states

A voter signs in to vote in Ohio’s 2016 primary election.
A voter signs in to vote in Ohio’s 2016 primary election. Photo: John Sommers II/Getty Images

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing Ohio to kick thousands of infrequent voters from its registration rolls has deepened partisan divisions over ballot access ahead of one of the most consequential midterm elections in decades.

The big picture: Voting rights advocates point out that the practice disproportionately impacts racial minorities as well as young and poor voters who traditionally vote at lower rates and support Democratic candidates. They believe that Republican majorities in other states may be emboldened by the decision and adopt more aggressive policies.