UPDATED 10:38 AM PT — Tuesday, September 3, 2019
The Ohio Democrat Party filed a lawsuit to stop the state’s purge of infrequent voters. According to the lawsuit, in addition to a restraining order to block the purge, state Democrats also want Secretary of State Frank LaRose to manually review each voter scheduled to be removed.
The current law, which was deemed “constitutional” by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018, says a voter is at risk if they haven’t voted in six years. However, Democrats pointed out the system removed active voters, but LaRose said those issues were fixed.
LaRose also said many of the voters being removed had either passed away or moved out of state, but they all received mailers notifying them of their pending removal.
“Over 10,000 voters have said — ‘no, I still want to be a registered voter in Ohio’ — so, they’ve taken action, they’ve gone on our website or filled out the form and sent it in,” he explained. “Anytime there are people involved in a database process, people punching keys, there’s always an opportunity for human error, we knew that.”
Voters removed from the list will still be allowed to cast a provisional ballot at the polls through 2020.