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Secretary of the State Denise Merrill Statement on SCOTUS Ruling in Husted v. A. Phillip Randolph Institute

“Simply not voting is not and should not be a reason to prevent otherwise eligible voters from exercising their right to vote in the future. Today’s decision in Husted is a blow to efforts to remove barriers to voting, and will make it easier for states to remove eligible voters from their voter rolls. In Ohio, as throughout American history, the burden of being removed from the voter rolls fell more heavily on people of color, the poor, and those with disabilities.
“As Justice Sotomayor said in her dissent, ‘Our democracy rests on the ability of all individuals, regardless of race, income, or status, to exercise their right to vote.’ Ohio’s efforts to purge voters from their rolls, 2 million voters since 2011, more than any other state, flies directly in the face of that bedrock democratic principle.” – Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill
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