The NAACP has released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a federal court ruling restoring early voting in Ohio back to the three days prior to Election Day.
From NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous:
“The high court’s decision again demonstrates the tide is turning in the fight to protect voting rights across the United States,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Early voting is a critical tool for so many hard working Americans that don’t have the luxury of taking off work or standing in long lines on Election Day. We will continue to fight until all attempts to suppress voter participation are turned back.”
From NAACP Ohio State Conference President Sybil Edwards McNabb:
“Today’s ruling is confirmation that voting is a right and not a privilege, “stated Ohio State Conference President Sybil Edwards McNabb. “Restrictions on access to the ballot box are an affront to our Democracy. The Supreme Court decision reaffirms the federal court’s ruling, deciding that voters should be able to to cast their votes in person without risking their jobs, income, or family responsibilities. The NAACP and our allies will continue to stand in one voice against voter suppression.”
In the past few months, laws restricting access to the ballot have been successfully fought in Florida, Wisconsin, Texas, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania while gubernatorial vetoes have limited similar legislation in Michigan and Virginia.
Last December, the NAACP released the report “Defending Democracy” which detailed the various attacks on voting rights, including cuts to early voting across the country. The full report is at http://www.naacp.org/pages/defending-democracy.
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