People For the American Way

Supreme Court Defends Voter Registration In Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2008

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In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to lift a federal judge’s order that would have required Ohio election officials to set up new procedures to verify voter registration across the state in the weeks before Election Day, People For the American Way President Kathryn Kolbert issued the following statement.

“This is a good decision for democracy. The facts are clear: there isn’t a shred of evidence of organized voter fraud in this country, and GOP efforts to prevent it only risk disenfranchising American citizens who have every right to cast a ballot.

“The ‘voter fraud’ fraud has been pushed by the right wing to help justify draconian restrictions on the right to vote. We should all be grateful that the Court managed to look through the deceit and exaggeration that has dominated this discussion.

“Unfortunately, plenty of opportunity remains for the right wing to undermine this election. I certainly hope they will resist challenging massive numbers of voters as they try to cast a ballot, but we shouldn’t take anything for granted.”