The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) and Judicial Watch have both issued amicus briefs in defense of Jon Husted in the case of Ohio A. Phillip Randolph Institute et al. v. Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State.
Randolph claims that Husted is unlawfully removing inactive voters from the voter rolls. However as stated in Judicial Watch’s amicus brief, “Ohio’s process is based on the mandate in the NVRA that all states undertake efforts to remove ineligible voters from their registration lists. The NVRA explicitly provides that one way of maintaining accurate rolls is to remove voters who fail to respond to a confirmation notice and do not vote in two consecutive federal general elections. 52 U.S.C. § 20507(d). That is exactly what the Ohio process does.”
Click here to read PILF’s amicus brief.
Ohio A. Philip Randolph, one of the plaintiffs in this suit, is part of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).
The case of Randolph v. Husted is ironic given that Secretary Husted lost a 2012 lawsuit, Judicial Watch v. Husted, where Husted was sued for not following NVRA and the same voter list maintenance laws he is being sued for following in Randolph v. Husted.
“Secretary Husted is stuck in the middle of a political battle over control of Ohio’s voter rolls,” says Mary Siegel of Ohio VIP. “Hopefully the law, as written, will prevail in this case.”