On Purging Voter Rolls

NAACP Statement on Disappointing Supreme Court Decision

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The 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Ohio’s supplemental voter ‘list maintenance’ process—ruling that Ohio’s program does not violate the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) by impermissibly targeting persons who have not recently voted for possible removal from voting rolls—is truly alarming.

Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor cited the NAACP’s amicus brief in her dissenting opinion in which she wrote the following: “In concluding that the Supplemental Process does not violate the NVRA, the majority does more than just misconstrue the statutory text. It entirely ignores the history of voter suppression against which the NVRA was enacted and upholds a program that appears to further the very disenfranchisement of minority and low-income voters that Congress set out to eradicate.

Justice Sotomayor’s statement is especially poignant as we reflect on the life and legacy of Medgar Evers, who was assassinated 55 years ago today because of his voter registration work in Mississippi. We call on our members and supporters to urge state and local officials to focus efforts on increasing voter participation in this fall’s elections rather than targeting the most vulnerable of our citizens for removal from the voting rolls.

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Forward,

Bradford Berry
General Counsel, NAACP