Ohio Mistakenly Put 40,000 Legitimate Voters on Voter Roll Purge List
Despite the errors, Ohio's secretary of state has praised the process
Voting rights groups in Ohio are being lauded for their oversight efforts, which uncovered massive errors in the state's recent bid to remove hundreds of thousands of voters from its rolls. The inspection, which was carried out primarily by nonprofit volunteers, found that more than 40,000 voters were mistakenly included on the state's to-be-deleted list.
"It definitely showed that Ohio's registration system needs a major upgrade," Jen Miller, the director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, told Cheddar on Monday. "We can't be using a policy as severe as a purge when we can't even be sure that our purge lists are correct."
In an unusual move, this past August, Ohio's Secretary of State Frank LaRose publicly released a list of 235,000 voters that were set to be deleted from the state's registry. By reviewing the long spreadsheet, the League of Women Voters and several other groups uncovered gross inaccuracies, including the inclusion of Miller's name. Other oversight groups that participated in the review include the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), All Voting is Local and the Fair Elections Center.
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