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On National Voter Registration Day, Rep. Clyde explains how 1.2 million voters got the ballot back

September 27, 2016
Democratic Newsroom

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today provided details about last week's historic court victory, which will put more than 1.2 million Ohio voters back on the voting rolls. 

Rep. Clyde and Andre Washington, a lead plaintiff in the case that restored these voters, outlined the impact of the five year legal battle to rightfully restore purged voters back to the rolls.

“On this National Voter Registration Day, we're elated to say that Ohio voters will no longer have to worry that Secretary Husted will randomly select them to be unregistered simply because they don't vote in every single election,” said Rep. Clyde. “This is a landmark victory for voters, one that is so huge it has the capability of changing the election outcome in Ohio.”

Last week, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a U.S. District Court decision and ordered Secretary Husted to stop purging voters for not voting. Andre Washington, State President of Ohio APRI, joined Rep. Clyde in praising the decision. APRI was a lead plaintiff on the case against Husted. 

“We fought for Ohio voters, and the voters won,” said Washington. “We celebrate this victory today, on National Voter Registration Day, as we encourage more people to get registered and educate voters about one of their most sacred rights as citizens.”

The case will now return to the U.S. District Court to craft a final remedy that should include adding the 1.2 million voters purged for not voting back to the voter rolls.