WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown today filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court challenge to Ohio’s efforts to purge voters from the state’s voter rolls. Last month, Brown blasted the U.S. Department of Justice for its reversal in the case.
“We cannot allow the state of Ohio to strip away the constitutional rights of thousands of Ohioans,” said Brown, who oversaw eight elections as Ohio’s Secretary of State. “Making it harder to vote is a direct attack on democracy, and the Court should uphold the Sixth Circuit’s decision that Ohio’s purging of voters violates the law.”
In September 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit 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. Last month, the U.S. DOJ – without explanation – reversed its position in this case. When the case was before the Sixth Circuit, the U.S. DOJ argued that Ohio’s actions to purge registered Ohio voters violated federal now. Now, the U.S. DOJ has reversed itself and arguing against its original position.
Read Brown’s full amicus brief here.