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Federal Judge Says Husted Can Continue to Remove Voters from Ohio's Rolls

Jon Husted
ANDY CHOW
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A federal judge has ruled that Secretary of State Jon Husted can continue to remove voters from Ohio’s rolls. 

The Republican Secretary of State has removed about a million people from the rolls since 2011. The court says he can continue the practice, which Husted says follows state and federal law and removes dead, inactive and duplicate voters.

“It is important for us to maintain the voter rolls to make sure elections run smoothly. If you do that, that means more people get to vote where they really live, and they won’t be casting provisional ballots.”

But Democratic State Rep. Kathleen Clyde worries legitimate voters are unknowingly being kicked off the rolls.

“They don’t get any notice that they’ve been purged before it happens. So a lot of people think they are fine. In fact, they show up to vote and end up voting a provisional ballot that ends up being rejected.”

Clyde says the group that filed this lawsuit plans to appeal. Husted is appealing two other court rulings on voting, one re-establishing the week when voters can register and cast ballots at the same time. The other says boards of elections cannot throw out absentee and provisional ballots for minor technical mistakes.

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.