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A nonpartisan coalition seeking to boost turnout among Ohio's LGBTQ voters in 2020 is launching a campaign that pairs voter registration with drag queens and craft beer.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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Ohio's next election is scheduled for November 5, 2019. If you want to vote, you need to make sure your name is still on the voter rolls before Monday's registration deadline.

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.

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

Over 235,000 Ohioans Could Be Purged From Voter Rolls

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

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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.
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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.
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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
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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.

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