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. And while it’s not expected many will be filled out and returned, one voting rights group says it’s a positive move. Secretary of State Frank LaRose said it’s likely the 270,000 people who are getting those registration forms are either dead or have moved. They have already gotten final notices from county boards of elections that they’re being taken off the rolls after six years of non-voting and not updating their addresses – a process that was upheld by the US Supreme Court last year, but one that LaRose wants to change.
“This hopefully will be the last time that the old supplemental process was carried out. What my office is trying to do is just create one more opportunity to register if they have been removed through that supplemental process,” LaRose said.
The process of removing inactive voters during voter roll maintenance – which some call “purging” – was resumed after the November election.