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Over 235,000 Ohioans Could Be Purged From Voter Rolls

Jul 30, 2019
Secretary LaRose (right) showing a resident the new machine at National Church Residences in Columbus.
Nick Evans / WOSU

County boards of elections have mailed last-chance notices to more than 235,000 Ohioans who could be purged from state voter rolls.

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.

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.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

In the days before Tuesday's primary election, Republican Secretary Frank LaRose showed up at a Columbus retirement home to walk residents through using the state's new voting machines. Organizers set up a mock ballot asking about favorite dog breed, beach or hobbies.

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

Ohio’s top elections official says it’s already easy to vote in Ohio, but he wants to make it even easier with automatic voter registration.

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.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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.

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.

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.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Voting rights groups scurried throughout Ohio to meet the deadline for voter registration, and one reached out to possible voters in unusual ways.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Early voting is now underway in Ohio as the registration deadline has passed. Voting starts Wednesday, while Ohio has seen an influx in registered voters.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Voter registrations are up in Ohio since the November 2016. As of September 8, 2018, there were 7,990,902 voters registered, compared to just over 7,861,000 in the 2016 election.

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

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.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Monday is the last day to register for Ohio's May primary. Early voting for the primary begins Tuesday.

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