Husted Ruling an “Inexcusable Attack” on Voting Rights

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Carolyn Bobb

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 11, 2018 – Following today’s 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, in which the Court ruled that Ohio may purge voters from its rolls after a period of inactivity, AFJ President Nan Aron released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling is an inexcusable attack on the fundamental right to vote. The notion that our constitutional rights somehow ‘expire’ if we don’t exercise them is false and is in this case merely a thin pretext for voter suppression. It’s also important to note that the defense of this suppression scheme in Ohio was spearheaded by the state’s Solicitor General, Eric Murphy, who was just nominated by President Trump for a seat on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. It is deeply disturbing to think that if confirmed, Murphy would bring his advocacy for eroding voting rights to the federal circuit court that has jurisdiction over millions of people in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.”