Let America Vote Statement on Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute SCOTUS Decision

Following the Supreme Court’s decision today in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, Let America Vote President Jason Kander made the following statement:

“With its decision handed down today in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, the U.S. Supreme Court has chosen to stand with anti-democracy politicians and against eligible American voters.

“Ohio, led by Secretary of State Jon Husted, knocked thousands of eligible voters off the rolls with an unnecessary and politically motivated voter purge process, turning Ohioans’ fundamental right to vote into a ‘use it or lose it’ privilege. Punishing voters for not voting is wrong.

“As Justice Sotomayor notes in her dissent, this ruling contradicts the purpose of the National Voter Registration Act, or NVRA, which is to prevent states from kicking low-income and minority voters from the rolls. Today’s decision makes it easier to manipulate our voting laws for partisan gain, blocks access to the polls and ultimately undermines our democracy. But politicians emboldened by this ruling should be forewarned: Let America Vote will be there to fight back against partisan purges and voter suppression.”