News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Don Drumm Studios

NOCHE

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Politics




National group urges Ohio to purge voter list

Plans to file a lawsuit in Ohio.
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES
This story is part of a special series.



Reporter
Jo Ingles
 

A national group that’s pushed to purge voter rolls in other states wants to do the same in Ohio. And as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the group says it plans to file a court suit to make sure that happens before the November election.

Listen to Ingles story

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:34)


The President of a group called Judicial Watch says Ohio has a big problem that could affect the integrity of the vote in November.  Tom Fitton says the state’s voter rolls need to be purged before then.

“Federal law requires that state take reasonable efforts to maintain accurate voter rolls,” Fitton says.  “And our analysis of Ohio shows that evidently is not being done.  Several counties have over 100% of their eligible population on the rolls.  Many others have near 100% which shows us the basic steps to clean up the rolls are not being done.  We’ve warned the Secretary of State about this and made him aware about it and haven’t gotten an adequate response so True the Vote and Judicial Watch are planning to file a lawsuit to help insure clean election rolls on election day.”

Fitton’s group has been part of the True the Vote effort that’s backed purging of voter rolls in some other states.  He says there are likely many illegal immigrants on the voter rolls….but that’s not all.

“The easiest thing is to start removing dead people from the voter rolls,” Fitton says. “When you get over 100%, that’s a sign that even dead people aren’t being removed.”

Chris Redfern, who heads the Ohio Democratic Party, disagrees.

“Why? Because dead people will show up at the polls?” Redfern says.

Redfern says there have been less than a dozen prosecuted cases of voter fraud in Ohio during the past 10 years.  And Redfern says Fitton’s group is just trying to disenfranchise voters.

“With all due respect for these outside thug groups, when they are unapologetic at their attempts to disenfranchise the voters, when they don’t retreat from statements like the ones that have been attributed to organizations like True the Vote, when they say they want Ohioans to feel like they are ‘driving and seeing the police watching them when they are casting their ballot.’ That kind of intimidation was commonplace 45 or 50 years ago in the south.  We don’t need the kind of antics that have been long ago been pushed away to live another day in Ohio.

Fitton’s group held a summit over the weekend in Columbus to talk about plans to purge the voter rolls. More than 100 people attended.  The lawsuit is expected to be filed in the coming days.  A federal judge recently ruled Florida could continue to purge voters from its rolls.  The U.S. Justice Department is appealing that case to stop the practice.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook





Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio's new drilling rules rely on known earthquake faults
requiring drillers to place seismic monitors when they drill within 3 miles of known fault lines. This comment really upsets me!! What good does an instrument t...

Kasich's gubernatorial ad focuses on his blue-collar roots
John Kasich is the biggest con-man in America. He will say one thing and then do the opposite. He is terribly successful at fooling the public and he is worki...

Cab drivers who refuse to drive Gay Games taxis will be replaced
the irony is that most americans distrust or hate muslims much more than they hate gays!! silly ignorant bigots-GO HOME!!!

New transportation companies come to Cleveland
Ride-sharing companies are breaking laws and regulations every day. From regulatory fee evasion to use of smartphone while driving (and even two smartphones(!) ...

Cleveland anti-poverty agency executive resigns amid financial probe
That committee won't be too independent. He plans to stay on until after the new appointee is chosen.

How can you wipe a criminal record clean?
Great article! NO CLINIC in May 2014, however, because it's graduation month for students For the next dates of the FREE Legal Clinic to help with Expungment,...

Drilling remains suspended while ODNR investigates NE Ohio earthquakes
Flaring and lights, so has all been halted? Also, smell of HS2 and sounds of an auger/drilling/water rushing underground. So, has all been halted? In light of t...

Will the Ohio River carry fracking wastewater?
Texas $ vs. WV citizens . Who will our governor listen to?

McKinley museum launches campaign to buy 'pawned' heirloom
Was the tiara sold or pawned? What is the name of the person who brought the tiara to the Gold

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University