More Judicial Appeal of Voter Suppression: Ohio


In the last several weeks voter suppression measures in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Texas, Kansas, and Michigan have been overturned by Federal Appeals Courts. This week a case on similar measures in Ohio is being heard. Over the last six years, there have been frequent battles in the legislature and in the courts on a variety of measures uniformly justified as being necessary to insure the integrity of the voting process.

The item that follows has been distributed by the Ohio Democratic Party:

“Thousands of potential votes are at stake this week, as the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals hears arguments today in Ohio Democratic Party v. Husted and on Thursday in Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless v. Husted, two cases that challenge Republican laws that make it harder for Ohioans to vote and have their votes be counted.

“’In two lower court rulings, the judges found that legislation enacted…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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