Ohio Voter Purge Case

Ohio Voter Purge Case

Supreme Court allows Ohio's purging practices

On June 11, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Ohio's method of removing people from the voter registration rolls is permissible under the National Voter Registration Act, the Help America Vote Act, and the Voting Rights Act. This means Ohio can resume its process of purging infrequent voters, and other states may adopt similar procedures.

Read the statement in response from LWV.

Read a post on the decision from the ACLU.

Read the documents from the court (opinions and dissents).


Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute goes to US Supreme Court

bright pink LWV Protect My Vote signIn 2016, a lawsuit was filed against Ohio Secretary of State Husted over the process Ohio uses to remove or "purge" people from the list of registered voters. Read about the lawsuit here.

In Sept. 2016, a federal appeals court ruled against Husted, striking down Ohio's process of purging infrequent voters. PDF iconSee the decision.

LWVO issued a PDF iconpress release on 9/23/2016 "Voting Rights Advocates Respond to Court Ruling on Purged Voters - Launch Registration Campaign to Verify the Vote."

“We’re pleased the court recognized that voter inactivity is not sufficient reason to block properly registered voters from making their voice heard in this year’s Presidential Election,” said Carrie Davis, executive director of the League of Women Votes of Ohio."

Sec. Husted appealed to the US Supreme Court. The League of Women Voters of Ohio and the Brennan Center submitted an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs. See 9/26/2017 press release from LWV and the Brennan Center announcing submission of an amicus brief in APRI v. Husted: "Voting Rights Groups to U.S. Supreme Court: Ohio’s Method of Purging Voters Is Illegal."

The League of Women Voters of the US issued a statement on 8/8/2017. LWV Statement: "Justice Department Flip-flops on Voting Rights in Ohio Purge Case."

The case was argued before the Supreme Count in January 2018.  LWVO comments were sought by many media outlets, including US News and World Report:

"There are ways to maintain accurate voter rolls while abiding by federal law; the process at issue in this case is simply not one of them," says Beth Taggart, spokeswoman for the Ohio chapter of the League of Women Voters.