Yet another attempt by politicians to decide who gets to vote went before the U.S. Supreme Court. - Advancement Project

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

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.

KEEP READING

For Us By Us: Racial Justice Champions Fund the Movement

Colin Kaepernick and Jesse Williams Show Up for Racial Justice

Read More
Colin Kaepernick Puts Money Where His Mouth Is

Advancement Project is one of last organizations to receive portion of $1 million donation from former football player, social justice advocate

Read More
An Insider’s View of Today’s SCOTUS Arguments on Voter Purging in Ohio

January 10, 2018 Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States held the oral argument for Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute. This case concerns the maintenance of states’ voter rolls under the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) and the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). Originating in Ohio, the primary issue of the case concerns whether a state can use a voter’s inactivity to purge that voter from the state’s rolls. The state of Ohio maintained that these federal statutes supported its procedure, known as the Ohio Supplemental Process; the A. Philip…

Read More
Pence-Kobach “Election Integrity” Commission Shuts Down

The decision to dissolve the Pence-Kobach Commission reiterates what we already know: voter fraud is a farce.

Read More
On civil rights, we must reimagine freedom after Trump

The year since the election has been challenging. But this moment also presents us with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reimagine and rebuild.

Read More
Why do we strip some of the right to vote?

Not all freedom is equal. On July 4th, we remember the millions of people who are deprived of the right to vote even after their imprisonment has ended. As our partners @VOTENola say, the culture of criminalizing people and then taking their right to vote is firmly rooted in the Jim Crow era Watch Norris Henderson, Executive Director of VOTE, reflect on what it’s like to be deprived of full citizenship and the right to vote.

Read More
Advancement Project Files Appeal Brief Seeking to Restore Right to Vote In Louisiana

Louisianans believe in second chances and giving people the opportunity to do the right thing.

Read More
Statement on Florida Supreme Court Ruling on Gov. Scott’s Power Grab

No one can thwart the will of a people determined to effect change.

Read More
Statement from Advancement Project on Pence-Kobach Commission Meeting

We should take down barriers to the ballot and make elections more fair and accessible.

Read More