House Democratic lawmakers today sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose alerting him to new problems with the purge list and urging him to cancel the upcoming voter purge. Thousands of Ohio registered voters are being targeted for removal from the rolls at the beginning of September, many of whom are still eligible to vote. Last Thursday, community groups working to help find people on the purge list also raised problems with the process and the tools provided by the Secretary and asked for more time to help people stay registered.
“This voter purge has been discredited over and over again,” said Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland). “Too many Ohioans who are still eligible to vote are on that list and our state and federal laws do not require removing them from the rolls. The National Voter Registration Act was passed 26 years ago precisely to increase registration and to keep eligible voters on the rolls. The Secretary should acknowledge that this purge is too flawed to move forward and cancel it.”