State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement in response to today's U.S. Supreme Court decision in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona requiring states to follow the federal "Motor Voter" law.  The Supreme Court held that the state of Arizona cannot adopt a law that conflicts with the National Voter Registration Act, popularly known as the Motor Voter law.


"I applaud this decision upholding an important federal law, the Motor Voter law, in the face of state efforts to limit the law's original purpose of increasing voter registration and voter turnout.  The decision is important for voters and voting rights across the country, at a time when voting rights are clearly under attack.


"Especially now, Ohio would be wise to do everything we can to ensure our compliance with this important federal law.  There is much evidence showing we are not in compliance, from our low numbers of registrations as compared to other states to our aggressive purging practices which directly conflict with the Motor Voter law.


"I pledge to continue shining light on this important issue to ensure as many Ohio voters are being registered to vote under this important federal law as possible.”

 
 
 
  
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