Officials in the battleground state of Ohio have begun the process of removing inactive voters and those who have moved out of the state from voter rolls this week.
Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced that Ohio’s county election boards have started the four-year process for purging inactive voters who have (1) not voted for two years or (2) whose addresses may have changed and whose voter registration must be updated to reflect the move.
“On September 1, Secretary LaRose directed all 88 of Ohio’s county boards of elections to begin a four-year process to identify any registrations that have been inactive for at least two years and registrations that appear on the National Change of Address database,” WDTN reported.
LaRose said that inactive voters can remain active so long as they vote in any election in the next four years, submit an absentee ballot application, register to vote, or take other election-related steps.
“If a registration in confirmation status doesn’t engage in any such voter activity, the registration will be at risk of cancellation beginning in 2026.” And, the secretary of state’s office added, “it is also important to note that any registration that engaged in any of the voter-initiated activity over the past two years … will not receive a confirmation notice,” LaRose said.
“We’ve made some big moves to improve the process to keep our voter rolls accurate, encourage participation, and fixing errors before they cause issues,” La Rose added.
“While we’ve made great strides in carrying out the process required under Ohio law, we can do so much better if we modernize our voter list maintenance and registration procedures. There is legislation already introduced in the General Assembly that gets that done and I’m hopeful we can make this vital modernization a reality,” he said.
Other states are following this lead.
Last month, election officials in Wisconsin removed more than 205,000 voters from the rolls as part of routine work to keep the state’s registration lists as current as possible.
Conservatives filed lawsuits back in 2020 demanding that the Wisconsin Elections Commission remove voters from the rolls if they didn’t respond to mailings within 30 days.
Those lawsuits failed and Joe Biden took the state of Wisconsin over Donald Trump by about 20,000 votes.
On Wednesday, nearly nine months after the election, Wisconsin Commission officials deactivated 174,307 voter registrations because the voters hadn’t cast a ballot in four years and didn’t respond to a mailing.
The commission also said they deactivated 31,854 registrations of voters who may have moved and didn’t respond to a mailing.
Prior to that, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced that the battleground state would be purging around 100,000 names from voter rolls if the individuals do not take a few moments to update their information.
A chunk of voters being purged from the registration rolls simply because they are missing updated addresses is not a major issue.
Texas has taken a major stand to curb possible voter fraud.
The state Democratic Party and some voters sued the Republican-governed state, arguing that by treating voters differently by age, the Texas law violated the U.S. Constitution’s 26th Amendment guarantee of the right to vote for American citizens age 18 and above.
The Democrats had gone to court to try to enable all eligible voters in Texas to vote by mail during last year’s election cycle, including the presidential election, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the Supreme Court left in place a lower court ruling that sided with Texas in the lawsuit.