DNC Chair Statement on Court Decision Restoring Ohio’s “Golden Week”

WASHINGTON –  DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement:

“We join all Ohioans in celebrating the restoration of Golden Week – the period when citizens can both register and vote at the same time – and we congratulate the Ohio Democratic Party for their hard work protecting the right to vote.  Golden Week was created following the disastrous 2004 election, when Ohioans waited in line for over 6 hours to cast a ballot. It’s clear why Republicans attacked this measure – when fewer people participate in the electoral process, Republican candidates do better at the polls. That’s why Republicans in Ohio and elsewhere are going to court to defend laws designed to make it harder for women, working people, communities of color, students, the elderly, and others to vote. By contrast, Democrats are going to court to defend the right to vote – our most fundamental right – and reverse this culture of discrimination and disenfranchisement.”