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Ohio's ACLU Sues the State Over the Purging of Voter Rolls

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The state is being sued over the way Secretary of State Jon Husted is handling the removal of voters from the state’s voting rolls. 

The Ohio American Civil Liberties Union’s Freda Levinson says Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is using illegal criteria to purge voters.

“Under federal law, it is not permissible to cancel a voter for exercising their right not to vote,” Levinson said.

Levinson says voters can be removed if they have moved or died but not because they haven’t voted. But Husted says he’s removing voters through a court-approved process.

“This, to me, falls under the category of frivolous election year lawsuits that waste taxpayer time and money,” Husted said.

Husted says 1.3 million duplicate voters were removed. Deceased voters, 465,000 of them, were removed too. He says there were some counties with more registered voters than eligible voters.

Last month, Husted lost an attempt to keep 17-year-olds -- who will be 18 by the general election -- from voting in the primary -- as they've been allowed to do since the early 1980s.   

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.