State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement regarding today’s filing of an anti-purging lawsuit by the A. Philip Randolph Institute and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless assisted by the ACLU and Demos against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

I am very happy to see the illegal purging of Ohio voters finally being challenged in court. Just this week, Franklin and Cuyahoga Counties rejected nearly 1,300 and 1,200 voters' ballots respectively because the voters did not appear on the rolls. For years, I have called on Secretary Husted to stop purging voters to no avail. This suit is not about the proper removal of deceased voters or voters who have moved out of the state. This is about people being purged simply for not voting in every election. This shamelessly bad treatment of Ohio voters must stop. The lawsuit seeks to stop the purging and restore to the rolls hundreds of thousands of voters who have been illegally purged. 

This is the latest in a long string of lawsuits filed against Husted over voting restrictions.

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