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Another attempt by politicians to decide who gets to vote went before the U.S. Supreme Court.

January 10, 2018

The case being argued before the nine justices today, Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, revolves around crafty attempts by the state of Ohio to kick people off the voting rolls. If they have their way, state officials will kick citizens off of the voter rolls simply for not voting in two consecutive elections.

As we told the Supreme Court in the amicus brief we filed along with the NAACP, this is part of a broader effort by opponents of voting rights to make it harder for people to vote – and it would certainly have a disproportionate impact on voters of color.

Imagine what that looks like: even if someone voted in the 2012 presidential election, but sat out the 2013 and 2014 contests, they could be required to prove they have not moved or risk being denied the right to vote. This puts an enormous burden on registered voters. Worse, a bad ruling could lead to thousands of voters in Ohio being purged from the voting rolls, and open the gate for many more disenfranchised voters across the country.

We will be following the decision and continue the resistance.