In Disappointing Ruling, Supreme Court Upholds Ohio's Practice of Purging People for Not Voting

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) allows states to treat the fundamental right to vote as a use-it-or-lose it right. In Husted, the Court held that the National Voter Registration Act permits states to target registrants for removal from the voter rolls if the registrants do not vote with what a state determines to be sufficient frequency. The Court lifted the injunction that Dēmos secured against the Ohio law at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2016.

Purge practices that target people for not voting have a corrosive effect on our democracy. Such practices disproportionately impact people who are already marginalized in our society by punishing people who face hurdles making it to the polls and casting a ballot-including hourly and wage workers, low-income individuals, people who do not own vehicles, people with disabilities, and individuals with limited English proficiency.

We will continue to fight against these and other harmful purge practices in the halls of justice, state legislatures, and the court of public opinion.

Read the Court's decision

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