June 11, 2018

By Upholding Ohio Law, U.S. Supreme Court Gives Go-Ahead for Nationwide Voter Suppression

Statement of Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen

Note: The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld Ohio’s controversial law allowing the state to purge voters from registration rolls if they fail to vote in two consecutive elections. The case is Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute.

The arguments in the Husted case concern statutory interpretation. But everyone understands what was going on in Ohio and what’s at stake: Ohio adopted a voter purge system designed to suppress the votes of people of color and low-income individuals. The Supreme Court, which should be the nation’s beacon for justice, just put its stamp of approval on Ohio’s voter suppression system and gave the go-ahead to states around the country to follow its model.