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Ohio Is Being Sued Over The Way The Secretary Of State Is Purging Voter Rolls

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
Statehouse News Bureau
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

The state is being sued over the way Secretary of State Jon Husted for the way he’s purging voters from Ohio’s voter rolls.Listen to the story here.

The American Civil Liberties Union’s Freda Levinson says Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is using illegal criteria to purge voters.

“Under federal law, it is not permissible to cancel a voter for exercising their right not to vote.”

Levinson says voters can be removed if they have moved or died but not because they haven’t voted. But Husted says he’s removing voters through a court approved process.

“This, to me, falls under the category of frivolous election year lawsuits that waste taxpayer time and money.”

Husted says 1.3 million duplicate voters were removed. 465,000 dead voters were removed too. He says there were some counties with more registered voters than eligible voters.

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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.