COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairman David Pepper on the U.S. Supreme Court declining to resolve the question of whether private citizens can file a voting rights lawsuit:
“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is deeply disappointing — the highest court has failed to step in and affirm a voter’s right to sue a state for infringing on his or her ability to cast a ballot. The lower court ruled that only the U.S. attorney general can enforce the Voting Rights Act, and the Supreme Court’s decision allows that ruling to stand. With Jeff Sessions at the helm of the Justice Department, we expect Republican legislators across the country will declare open season on the protections of the Voting Rights Act and continue to chip away at Americans’ constitutional right to vote.
“Ohioans can expect no help from Jon Husted or Mike DeWine in protecting their right to vote. They are the very politicians who have been found to have violated the Constitution and federal law repeatedly in making it harder to vote. That’s why we need to elect new officials who will fight to defend every eligible Ohioan’s right to register, cast a ballot and have that ballot be counted.”