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0000017a-3b40-d913-abfe-bf44a4f90000Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team as the politics reporter and columnist in April 2012 , after 30 years of covering local, state and national politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. On this page, you will find his weekly column, Politically Speaking; the Monday morning political chats with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik and other news coverage by Wilkinson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio gubernatorial race since 1974, as well as 16 presidential nominating conventions. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots, the Lucasville prison riot in 1993, the Air Canada plane crash at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. And, given his passion for baseball, you might even find some stories about the Cincinnati Reds here from time to time.

Duplicate voter registrations eliminated in Ohio, Husted says

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
State of Ohio
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says that with the help of Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections, his office has virtually eliminated duplicate registrations from the state’s voter registration data base.

In a release Tuesday, Husted said there were more than 340,000 duplicate registrations when he took office in Jan. 2011. Today, he said, out of about 7.7 million registered voters, there are only four remaining.

“The success our state has had cleaning up the voter rolls is one example of how we are making it easier to vote and harder (to) cheat,’’ Husted said in his release.

Husted cited the following as signs of progress that have been made:

  • Voters records with complete information are up from 20 percent in Jan. 2011 to 86 percent today.
  • More than 129,500 voters have updated their addresses using the online change of address system.
  • Since Jan. 2011, about 245,000 deceased Ohioans have been removed from the voting rolls.
  • About 370,000 voters who either moved out of state or within Ohio were contacted prior to the Nov. 2012 presidential election to update their voting information or cancel their Ohio voter registration.
Howard Wilkinson is in his 50th year of covering politics on the local, state and national levels.