voter purge

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A federal judge rejected a voting rights group's latest arguments Wednesday that voters were illegally purged from Ohio's voting rolls.

Franklin County Board of Elections director David Payne talks to a voter on Saturday, the day after the county set an all-time in-person early voting record of more than 6,800 voters.
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Voting rights groups scurried throughout Ohio to meet the deadline for voter registration, and one reached out to possible voters in unusual ways.

Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) at the Marion Popcorn Festival with former Marion County GOP Chairman Gary Risch. LaRose is running for Secretary of State.
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On a drizzly Saturday, I meet Frank LaRose at the Marion Popcorn Festival.

“So what do you guys suggest?” LaRose asks at one booth, ducking under the tent to get out of the rain. “I’m definitely going to get some kettle corn,”

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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is taking extra steps to clarify the state's process for clearing voter rolls, outlining some new initiatives aimed at helping voters stay up-to-date.

Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown
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Ohio’s top Democratic elected official is fighting the state’s process when it comes to scratching voters off the rolls. The new bill is in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling approving Ohio’s voter roll cleanup process.

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Democrats are saying thousands of voters could be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the way Ohio deletes inactive registrations. But Secretary of State Jon Husted, who’s also the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, says the law prevents voters from being removed before the fall election.

U.S. Supreme Court
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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's political podcast from WOSU Public Media, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown talk about how voters are purged from election rolls and why the issue reached the highest court in the land.

Voter turnout will likely be crucial in November's election, as recent polling shows the race for governor is extremely close. Chrissy Thompson, Statehouse reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer, joins the show.

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A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for states to take a tougher approach to maintaining their voter rolls, but will they?

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The Secretary of State says no voters will be removed from the rolls before the November election, in spite of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Ohio’s process of deleting inactive voters’ registrations.

In Hamilton County – and in large urban counties all over Ohio – Republicans and Democrats have been arguing about the practice of purging voter rolls ever since Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted became Ohio's chief election officer in 2011.

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In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Ohio can clean up its voting rolls by clearing people who haven't voted in a while.

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Do you have to vote even if you don't want to? Not doing so could put you on the path to losing your vote in some states.

Oak Harbor Mayor Joe Helle (left) and Secretary of State Jon Husted spar outside the U.S. Supreme Court after the arguments in Husted v. APRI.
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The U.S Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case challenging Ohio’s controversial method for maintaining its voter rolls, and the major players from the case were there to hear it.

Ohio's Voter Purge

Jan 10, 2018
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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today supporting and opposing Ohio's practice of purging inactive voters from the rolls. Coming up, we'll hear from both sides of the issue and consider the policy's legality and impact on voting in Ohio.

Updated at 4:53 p.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided Wednesday over whether Ohio's so-called use-it-or-lose-it voter registration rule violates federal law.

Ohio, which has the most aggressive voter-purge system in the country, currently strikes voters from the registration rolls if they fail to vote in two consecutive elections — and if they fail to return a mailed address confirmation form.

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