Efforts to clean up Ohio’s database of 7.7 million registered voters succeeded in eliminating all but four duplicate entries for this election cycle, the secretary of state’s office said Tuesday. Secretary of State Jon Husted has touted his office’s efforts to improve the voter database since he took office. The database, which was established in 2004, contained more than 340,000 duplicate records in January 2011. “Maintaining accurate and up-to-date voter rolls is an ongoing process that is important in helping to ensure greater security and more efficiency in the administration of elections in Ohio,” Husted said.
State Sen. Nina Turner, a Democrat from Cleveland who is a frequent critic of Husted and his likely opponent in the November 2014 election, agreed there is a need to keep records current, but also urged more be done to help people vote.
“While accurate voter records are indeed important for efficient election administration, they are worthless if the people those records represent don’t have convenient and unfettered access to the ballot box,” Turner said. “I’m sure that Ohioans would enjoy seeing Secretary Husted pursue increasing access to the polls with the same zeal he demonstrates for removing voters from the rolls.”