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Ohio Was Set to Purge 235,000 Voters. It Was Wrong About 20%.

When Ohio released a list of people it planned to strike from its voting rolls, around 40,000 people shouldn’t have been on it. The state only found out because of volunteer sleuthing.

A purge of voter rolls in Ohio included activists like Jen Miller, the executive director of the League of Women Voters. Credit Maddie McGarvey for The New York Times.

By Nicholas Casey
Oct. 14, 2019
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The clock was ticking for Jen Miller. The state of Ohio had released names of 235,000 voters it planned to purge from voter rolls in September.

Ms. Miller, director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, believed thousands of voters were about to be wrongly removed. Over the summer, the Ohio secretary of state had sent her organization and others like it a massive spreadsheet with the 235,000 names and addresses that would be purged from the state’s
voter rolls in just a month — a list of people that, state officials said, some part of the bureaucracy flagged as deceased, living somewhere else or as a duplicate. The League of Women Voters had been asked to see if any of those purged qualified to register again.

Ms. Miller, who spends her work day helping register people to vote, scrolled through the names and then asked herself a question: What was her own voter status in the state?

Continue reading at the New York Times website.

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When should voters be removed from Louisiana’s rolls? Secretary of state hopefuls weigh in

Julia O’Donoghue, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
OCT 26, 2018 – 12:33 PM

This is the third article in a three-part series examining how Louisiana’s secretary of state candidates feel about recent trends in election laws, namely those that have become popular in other conservative states. You can read the first story and second story in the series.

As states have updated their voting laws, conservatives have targeted two areas — early and absentee voting and removing inactive voters from the rolls.

Louisiana hasn’t adopted any such measures – or any other voting restriction for that matter – making it unique among its neighbors in the Deep South.

Five of the six major candidates running for Louisiana secretary of state, chosen based on their campaign fundraising, were asked about early voting rules and whether voter rolls should be purged. Turkey Creek Mayor Heather Cloud could not be reached for comment.

The secretary of state can’t change voting laws unilaterally, but could push the Louisiana Legislature for new voting restrictions if he or she wanted.

24 states made it harder to vote. Will Louisiana be next?

Continue reading at the NOLA.com | Times-Picayune website.