Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold Ohio Voter Roll Purges Is Wrong

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Miranda Pomiecko, (216) 698-2546; 

Cuyahoga County, OH – Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold Ohio’s aggressive efforts to purge the state’s voting rolls:

“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the State of Ohio’s program to purge thousands of “infrequent” voters from the registration rolls. This is a giant step backwards in supporting our citizens’ right to vote.

This ruling diminishes our democracy. The government should be making it easier, not harder, for people to vote. Voting, that most basic of our rights, should not be difficult and barriers should not be put in place if someone misses voting in a few elections for whatever reason.

The County Charter declares that as County Executive I am charged to protect the right to vote and to undertake measures to promote voter registration. I take that mandate very seriously.

Here at the County, we have worked to encourage our residents to register to vote by partnering with the Cuyahoga County Public Libraries to message their constituents, letting them know they can register to vote online.

We have also hired a Voter Right’s Coordinator who works on increasing access to those we come into contact with day in and day out as they come to us for Health and Human Services.

I urge everyone to register if you have not done so. It’s easy and critical for the strength of our local and national democracy and you can register online. If you don’t know whether or not your registration is current, you can check here:”