Ohio Set To Remove More Than 200,000 People From Its Voter Rolls
Voting rights groups want the state to pause the removals, noting that thousands of eligible voters are at risk of having their voter registrations canceled.
Ohio is set to cancel hundreds of thousands of voter registrations on Friday, even though the list of voters it is using was found to have mistakes.
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R) published a list of 235,000 voters at risk of losing their registrations in August but soon discovered there were errors and corrected them. The following month, in August, voting rights groups said they identified an additional 4,000 people who were incorrectly added to the list. The Columbus Dispatch also reported more than 1,600 people who were erroneously added because of a technical error.
Jen Miller, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, says the list erroneously includes names of some voters who are actually eligible to vote.
Miller says voting-rights groups appreciate the Secretary of State’s efforts to ensure a quality review of the rolls, but contend it wasn’t as in-depth as what they’d prefer.
“At the end of the day the buck stops with the secretary [of state],” says Miller. “Both in federal law and state law, it is the secretary’s job to make sure that voter rolls are accurate – and that includes making sure that people are not wrongfully removed through this purge policy.”