Wed September 19, 2012
Secretary of State Allows Voters To Purge Roles
A group is suing Ohio’s Secretary of State, asking the court to order Jon Husted to purge voter rolls in the buckeye state. The group says there are dead people and people who’ve moved on the current voter rolls. Husted does not want to purge the voter rolls the way this group wants him to but is instead sending postcards to everyone whose address is flagged by the postal service, asking them to either cancel their registration if they’ve moved out of state or update their registration if they’ve moved within the state.
"And by doing that, we can eliminate hundreds of thousands of duplicate or expired registrations from the rolls which will make sure the integrity of the process is more secure so we don’t have people casting a ballot on behalf of those people either intentionally or accidentally. And at the same time, we can reduce the costs because no longer local boards of elections have to send them mailings letting them know where their polling locations are," commented Husted.
Husted added that this will give voters the opportunity to make the changes themselves. And that he says will make sure the state doesn’t run the risk of removing someone who is legitimately registered to vote. Husted believes there are at least 70,000 voters who no longer live in Ohio and several hundred thousand voters who have moved within Ohio. Husted says voters are already updating their voting status. He says more than 25 thousand Ohioans have updated their voting information online for this upcoming election.