WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) blasted the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Ohio’s efforts to purge voters from the state’s voter rolls. Last week, Brown announced he would not support Eric Murphy to serve as Judge on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in part because of Murphy’s defense of the Ohio voter purge as State Solicitor of Ohio.
“Ohio should be working to make voting easier, not harder,” said Brown. “Instead, today’s decision empowers Ohio to further strip away the right to vote for thousands of Ohioans, threatening the integrity of our state’s election process. This ruling further shows why we can’t afford to pack our federal courts with judges who have a track record of hostility towards Ohioans’ most basic right.”
Last year, Brown criticized a reversal by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) against defending the legal challenge to Ohio’s voter purging efforts. 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 ruled today in support of Ohio’s method of purging voters. As former Ohio Secretary of State, Senator Brown has always fought to protect Ohioans’ rights to vote and has spoken out strongly against the voter purge.