Kaptur slams Trump era Supreme Court for backward decision on Ohio voter purge case

June 12, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation, issued the following statement after news that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the State of Ohio can continue to purge Ohio citizens from the voter rolls.

“This decision by the Trump era Supreme Court emboldens those who want to disenfranchise voters and put up barriers to citizens exercising their constitutional right to vote,” said Kaptur. “Purging voters from the rolls is wrong, plain and simple and this 5-4 decision takes us backward. Voting should be easy and accessible, no matter who you are or where you live. It should not be a ‘use it or lose it’ privilege.”

The decision in the case Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute was decided yesterday. Kaptur spoke on the steps of the Supreme Court back in January stating Ohioans or any American should not be purged from the voter rolls. She spoke with Oak Harbor Mayer Joe Helle, a veteran, who was not able to vote because he was purged from the voter rolls. See those materials here.

"Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy” said Catherine Turcer, executive director of Common Cause Ohio.  “This case highlights the importance of all Ohio voters being proactive and taking time to verify that they are in fact on the voter rolls. Voters can confirm that they are properly registered which is essential for their vote to count at MyOhiovote.com or by calling their local board of elections."