State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court granting review of Ohio’s purge of voters:

“Ohio’s illegal purge process has no basis in state or federal law. It targets low-income voters and communities of color. The Supreme Court should affirm the reasoned opinion of the 6th Circuit, which held that purging hundreds of thousands of infrequent Ohio voters violated the National Voter Registration Act.

“The National Voter Registration Act was adopted in a bipartisan effort to increase voter registration and participation. Secretary Husted’s actions fly in the face of that duty and have made Ohio the number one purger of voters in the country.”

From 2011 to 2014, U.S. Elections Assistance Commission reports show Ohio voters were purged for the following reasons:

  • Infrequent voting: 846,391

  • Moved: 480,957

  • Death: 330,077

  • Request of voter: 24,354

  • Felony conviction: 28,960

  • Mental incompetence: 106

  • “Not Categorized”: 11,024

  • “Other”: 131,427

  • TOTAL: 1,853,296

In 2015, according to Reuters, Cuyahoga, Franklin and Hamilton counties purged 144,000 voters for infrequent voting or moving.

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