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Page Gardner, president and founder of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute that upheld Ohio’s practice of disenfranchising voters:
“It’s a dark day for democracy now that the Supreme Court has opened the floodgates and encouraged other states to pursue mistake-ridden and inaccurate voter purges. Ohio’s voter purges are discriminatory and only serve to disenfranchise citizens, especially people of color and the rest of the Rising American Electorate – unmarried women and young people. Now elected officials across the country are going to discriminate even more against underrepresented people from the RAE in their states and make it harder for them to vote. A fundamental tenet of our democracy is making sure every eligible person is able to have his or her voice heard in our democracy. The Supreme Court today failed to live up to that basic right.”
The Voter Participation Center registers and mobilizes the Rising American Electorate – unmarried women, people of color, and young people. VPC has registered nearly four million people since 2004 and works to inspire underrepresented groups to increase their civic engagement and permanently change the American electorate, as well as works to expand voting rights and fight against efforts to disenfranchise the RAE.