CLEVELAND, OH – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement today in response to a reversal by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) against defending a legal challenge to Ohio’s efforts to purge voters from the state’s voter rolls.
“The Department of Justice should be working to make voting easier, not harder. The Sixth Circuit Court has already ruled that Ohio’s attempt to purge voters violated federal law. By reversing course and backing efforts to strip away the right to vote for thousands of Ohioans, the DOJ is playing politics, threatening the integrity of our state’s election process, and attempting to prevent Ohioans from exercising their most basic right,” said Brown, who oversaw eight elections as Ohio’s Secretary of State.
In September of last year, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals found that Ohio’s process of purging voters from the rolls violated federal law. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted appealed that decision to the Supreme Court, which is scheduled to hear the case this fall. On Tuesday, the DOJ filed a brief in support of Ohio’s method of purging voters, reversing its original position.