Dorothy Brown on the Supreme Court’s ruling on Ohio’s Purge of Voting Rolls

Dorothy Brown on the Supreme Court’s ruling on Ohio’s Purge of Voting Rolls

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that states can target people who haven’t cast ballots in a while in efforts to purge them from the voting rolls. The Ohio case was settled by a 5-4 vote that split the conservative and liberal justices and rejected arguments that the practice violates a federal law intended to increase the ranks of registered voters.

With a fractured political system and the creation at the federal level of an ‘election integrity commission’ to chase unproven cases of election fraud, our right to vote is under attack, with minorities, the poor and disenfranchised being the targets.  With campaigning for the 2018 midterms already underway this ruling could lead to similar challenges in states across the country.

According to a 2017 report form the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School voter ID laws, curbs on early voting and foreign hacking are the true threats to our voting system.  I encourage you to read their “State of Voting 2018.” Voting should be free, fair and accessible for all.  One of the goals of my campaign is to increase voter registration, and we will be providing that option at all our events during the campaign and during our citywide “Listening Tour” that kicks off June 19.

I stand with Justice Sotomayor who, in her opinion wrote the court’s decision essentially endorses “the very purging (from the voter rolls) that Congress expressly sought to protect against.”

– Dorothy Brown

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