Letter to the
The Supreme Court
just rubber-stamped Ohio's voter suppression tactics in
Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute.
The decision gives Ohio the power to target voters who miss just
one election cycle for removal from the rolls. This is despite
the National Voter Registration Act's express prohibition on
purging voters just because they don't vote. I'm furious, but
I'm more driven than ever to defend our most fundamental right.
This decision is a gutting reminder that the Trump
administration is determined to turn back the clock on our
voting rights. For decades, the Justice Department maintained
this type of voter purge was illegal, but under the Trump
administration and Attorney General Sessions, the department
switched sides and supported Ohio's unnecessary restrictions on
the right to vote.
Anthony D. Romero
In the face of roadblocks to the polls, we must exercise our
right to vote now more than ever. We must vote for leaders who
will make voting easier – not harder. We must vote like our
rights depend on it.
now to be an ACLU Voter this election cycle.
Under Ohio's "Supplemental Process," if you miss just one
election cycle, you risk losing your voter registration. The
state wrongly assumes that voters who don't cast a ballot in two
years have changed addresses, invalidating their current
registrations. As a result,
hundreds of thousands of Ohioans have been stripped of their
right to vote, and many only find out when they arrive at the
voting booth. And like every barrier to voting,
people of color and those with low incomes are disenfranchised
Let's be clear: Our right to vote isn't 'use it or lose it' –
and this decision doesn't give states a green light to kick
eligible voters off the roll without notice.
We must do everything we can to defend our most fundamental
right – by showing up to vote this fall.
Our democracy is strongest when every voice can be heard, when
every eligible citizen can cast a ballot and have it counted.
be an ACLU Voter so that we can continue to exercise this
fundamental right and make voting accessible for all.
Thanks for defending our democracy,
Anthony D. Romero
ACLU Executive Director
June 11, 2018
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