The case—Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute—is before the Supreme Court, which is poised to hear oral arguments on Wednesday morning. The legal challenge touches a lot of things—the National Voting Registration Act, the intent of voting laws packaged in neutral language, the threat of massive voter purges, a national context in which black voters and voters of color are being kept out of the voting booth—but it’s also about the right not to vote. Which is almost as fundamental as its opposite.
I reached out to Leah Aden, senior counsel with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which filed an amicus brief in the case, to talk through what’s at stake and what the fate of the Ohio law means for voting rights nationally.
Read the full interview here.