SCOTUS Gets it Wrong in Husted decision

The Supreme Court’s narrow 5-4 decision is a sad setback for democracy and threatens the ability of voters to have their voices heard in our elections.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Tuesday, June 12th in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute that Ohio could continue to use an aggressive process for removing people from its voting rolls, saying the procedure laid out by the law did not violate federal voter protections.

Andrea Mercado, Executive Director of the New Florida Majority released the following statement on the decision.

“The Supreme Court’s narrow 5-4 decision in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute is a sad setback for democracy and threatens the ability of voters to have their voices heard in our elections. We stand by Justice Sotomayor’s powerful dissent and agree that the slim majority ignores the history of voter suppression against which the NVRA was enacted. Voting is not a “use or lose” entitlement. It is a fundamental right that goes all the way back to this nation’s fight for freedom.

While states still must provide notice if they seek to knock eligible voters off the rolls, the decision creates a danger that other states will pursue the same exact purging practices.

It is a another reminder that elections have consequences. The moral arc of the universe may bend toward justice, but does so on the strength of our activism and our votes. We stand committed to ensuring that voters remember this and other policy errors this November. We will continue to fight from the court to the streets to ensure that the disenfranchisement of black, brown, poor and other historically marginalized voters is not re-codified by any state legislatures, especially in Florida.

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