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Ohio Sec. of State Frank LaRose is implementing a new voter registration form for Ohioans who are about to be removed from the rolls.
Ohio Senate

Ohio's elections chief launched a program Wednesday that will enlist the help of community and social service groups to find voters who are at risk of being removed from the state's registration rolls.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

A project to reach out to 270,000 Ohioans deleted from the voting rolls only managed to bring in a few hundred of them, while costing a lot more than expected.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Tuesday was the first day of early voting for the May primary, which means Monday was the last day to register to vote. Even though turnout in off-year primaries is especially low, some people may find they've been eliminated from the voter rolls.

Barbara Kaplan (right) and Jamie Bullock made calls to voters as part of the Ohio Democratic Party's 'Fight the Purge' event.
Kabir Bhatia / WKSU

Ohio’s voter purging policy had Democrats working the phones over the weekend. The directive to clear out registrations deemed dormant prompted a lawsuit against then-Secretary of State Jon Husted which went to the U.S. Supreme Court last year.

Ohio I Voted Stickers
John Minchillo / Associated Press

For the first time, the Secretary of State will send voter registration forms to hundreds of thousands of Ohioans who were removed from the voting rolls for not voting or updating their addresses with county boards of elections.

While it’s not expected many will be filled out and returned, one voting rights group says it’s a positive move.

Voters Purged From Rolls Will Have New Chance To Register

Feb 12, 2019
Ohio Sec. of State Frank LaRose is implementing a new voter registration form for Ohioans who are about to be removed from the rolls.
Ohio Senate

Secretary of State Frank LaRose says he is reaching out to Ohioans who were recently purged from Ohio's voting rolls.

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

Ohio's elections chief said Wednesday that more than 275,000 inactive Ohio voters are about to get their final opportunity to keep from dropping off the rolls.

When we set out to try to look back on the year that was in politics, we started with a list that grew ... and grew ... and grew. After a couple of days, the list was just shy of 100 news events. That's about one notable story every three days.

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

Ohio’s Secretary of State gave the green light for counties to start clearing their voter rolls again. The so-called “voter purges” were put on hold until after November’s election, following a lengthy court battle in which the U.S. Supreme Court approved of Ohio’s process. 

On Wednesday, federal judges in Ohio ordered the state to allow voters who had been purged from the state's voter rolls over the past six years to vote in this year's midterm elections.

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

Federal judges on Wednesday ordered Ohio to allow voters who had been purged for not voting over a six-year period to participate in this year's election.

Since the 2010 elections, 24 states have implemented new restrictions on voting. Alabama now requires a photo ID to cast a ballot.

Tens of thousands of Georgians who haven't voted in recent elections may show up at the polls on Nov. 6, only to learn they are no longer registered to vote and cannot cast a ballot.

In July 2017, more than half a million people were removed from Georgia's voter rolls. Of those, 107,000 were purged because they had decided not to vote in previous elections and they failed to respond to mailed notices from the state.

Nick Evans / WOSU

Ohio’s secretary of state keeps track of business filings and campaign finance records. But that office is best known for its role as the state’s elections chief – and it’s one of the five statewide executive offices that will have a new occupant in January.

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

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