ACLU taking on voting rights fight

September 28, 2017 | | NY Amsterdam News |

This month, public policy organization Demos and the ACLU filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court detailing how Ohio is violating the National Voter Registration Act by targeting registered voters who fail to vote in a two-year period for eventual removal from the registration rolls—even if they have not moved and are still fully eligible to vote.

In 2015, more than 40,600 registrants in Ohio’s largest county, Cuyahoga, were purged from the rolls using this process. A number of voters in Ohio have been denied their right to vote as a result.

“Voting should be free, fair and accessible, so that all eligible people can have their voices heard. Our democracy—and our federal laws—do not tolerate singling out voters who miss an election and canceling their registrations. States have many lawful ways to keep their rolls up to date without using practices that deny thousands of eligible people the right to vote,” said Brenda Wright, vice president, Policy & Legal Strategies at Demos.