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Voters fill out their ballots at the Hamilton County Board of Elections on the first day of early voting, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Cincinnati.
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Secretary of State Frank LaRose says 182,858 voter registrations were removed from the rolls in Ohio’s latest voter purge.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose (right) flanked by Franklin County Board of Elections Director Edward Leonard.
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Ohio’s Secretary of State says he will release the list of registrations removed from voting rolls this month to various voter groups so they can re-register people by the October 7 deadline. After that, Frank LaRose says he might check past voter removal lists for errors. 

Secretary of State Frank LaRose (right) flanked by Franklin County Board of Elections Director Edward Leonard.
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Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose offered a peek behind the curtain of elections officials’ efforts to conduct a smooth and secure election. 

Ohio I Voted Stickers
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State election officials are reviewing about 1,000 more Ohio voter registrations that were flagged for cancellation during a recent purge to assure they weren't improperly deleted.

The state is still counting up how many of 235,000 voter registrations identified as inactive were removed by county boards of elections starting September 6. But Secretary of State Frank LaRose said he wants to continue to work with voter rights groups who had concerns that active voters might also be removed.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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As many as 200,000 registrations may have been removed from the rolls by county boards of elections starting on Friday.

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The Ohio Secretary of State is in the process of removing more than 200,000 voter registrations from the rolls, although he's making some last-minute exceptions to the purge.

Ohio I Voted Stickers
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Tens, and maybe hundreds, of thousands of Ohio voter registrations identified as inactive will be deleted Friday by local boards of elections.

A television ad from Ohioans for Energy Security shows this image of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Ohioans for Energy Security

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss Ohio’s nuclear power plant bailout and the campaign to dimantle it. Gene Pierce, spokesperson with the group Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts, joins the show.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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A federal court has ruled Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose can remove more than 200,000 voters from the rolls Friday as planned. The Ohio Democratic Party had asked the court to block it, saying thousands of voters could be improperly removed.

Secretary LaRose (right) showing a resident the new machine at National Church Residences in Columbus.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says it’s up to the courts whether the state can enforce its deadline to clean up the voter rolls.

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With the ink barely dry on a new settlement between the ACLU of Ohio and the Secretary of State's office, the Ohio Democratic Party is filing its own lawsuit over state’s voter removal process.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown talk about the ongoing battle over how Ohio maintains its voter rolls. Jen Miller, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, joins the show.

Ohio I Voted Stickers
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Ohio voters purged from the rolls will be allowed to cast provisional ballots in elections through 2022, following an agreement between the ACLU of Ohio and the Secretary of State's Office.

Ohio I Voted Stickers
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Last week, voting rights activists said about 4,000 voters were wrongly placed on a list of 235,000 registrations provided by counties that were set to be removed or “purged” from the rolls next month. Ohio’s top election official says that’s not true, and in fact more people are now active voters. 

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