Voting Rights Groups File Amicus Brief in Ex Rel Ohio Democratic Party v LaRose

“Whether the election date is reset for April 28, May 16, June 2, or some other day due to the coronavirus pandemic, federal law protecting the rights of voters still matters as much as ever. Eligible Ohioans must be permitted to register to vote up to 30 days prior to the primary. Further, the election must be accessible for all voters. Ohioans must be provided mechanisms beyond the current, narrow vote-by-mail system to participate safely in the upcoming election,” said Freda Levenson, Legal Director for the ACLU of Ohio.

“In responding to the current public health crisis, our governmental authorities must do everything possible to preserve the fundamentals of our democracy. This means insuring that, consonant with public safety, every person eligible to vote is provided the fullest possible opportunity to do so. We hope that the positions we lay out in our brief today will guide both the Ohio Supreme Court and Ohio’s elected and appointed officials in reaching that goal in these difficult times,” added Ezra Rosenberg, Co-Director of the Voting Rights Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

“This public health crisis need not become a crisis for our democracy because when elections move, the protections of the Constitution and our voting rights laws move with them. Regardless of when Ohio holds its 2020 primary, the state must make voting accessible for all eligible Ohioans, especially Black and brown voters who too often are pushed to the sidelines of our democracy by obstacles such as arbitrary voter registration deadlines or burdensome procedures for voting absentee or at the polls,” concluded Brenda Wright, Senior Advisor for Legal Strategies at Dēmos.

A copy of the amicus brief is available.[1]

References

  1. ^ A copy of the amicus brief is available. (www.acluohio.org)

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