State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement in response to the federal district court’s decision in the voter purging lawsuit:

“I disagree with the court’s decision. Secretary Husted has purged over 1 million voters from the rolls who remain eligible to vote. Voting infrequently and moving within the state of Ohio do not change a voter’s right or qualifications to vote. I am optimistic that the appeals court will correct this error of the lower court,” said Clyde. “People who have registered to vote, like Portage County resident and military veteran Larry Harmon, show up and cast a ballot on Election Day. But their ballots aren’t counted because they’ve been purged. That is wrong.”

“The National Voter Registration Act prohibits kicking voters off the rolls simply for not voting. The federal law also prohibits discriminatory and non-uniform purge mailings, like the Secretary is sending. Nothing in Ohio statute authorizes targeting and removing voters from the rolls for not voting. This case isn’t over.”

From 2011 to 2014, U.S. Election Assistance Commission reports show Ohio voters were purged for the following reasons:

  • Infrequent voting: 846,391

  • Moved: 480,957

  • Death: 330,077

  • Request of Voter: 24,354

  • Felony conviction: 28,960

  • Mental Incompetence: 106

  • "Not Categorized": 11,024

  • "Other": 131,427

  • TOTAL: 1,853,296

In 2015, according to Reuters, 144,000 voters were purged for infrequent voting or moving in Cuyahoga, Franklin and Hamilton counties alone. Statewide figures for the 2015 purge are not yet available.

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