Clyde Releases Statement On SOS Husted Announcement, Indefensible Voter Purging
Lawmaker urges restoration of purged voters to the rolls
June 14, 2016
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State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement in response to a press conference held today by Secretary of State Jon Husted:

“Secretary Husted has purged over 1 million voters from the rolls for choosing to vote infrequently and over half a million voters simply for moving within the state, even though they remain eligible to vote. Today’s announcement that he is joining yet another interstate program to find more voters to remove from the rolls is exactly the wrong direction Ohio should be moving. He should start by restoring those he purged, like Portage County resident and military veteran Larry Harmon who is suing Husted over being purged and disenfranchised.

“Years ago the ERIC system held the promise of proactive outreach to people who were not registered. But ERIC has been surpassed by the newest innovation in voting, Automatic Voter Registration, which we introduced as Ohio House Bill 181. ERIC has not drawn wide participation with few states in the program and weak response rates from potential voters. Joining ERIC will not make up for the massive purge – larger than any other state – that Secretary Husted has performed on Ohio’s voter rolls. He must restore these voters to the rolls and stop the purge.”

Purge estimates are based on 2012 to 2014 purge figures provided to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and 2015 purge figures reported from Ohio’s largest counties. From 2011 to 2014, EAC 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.

ERIC stands for Electronic Registration Information Center and has been in existence since 2012. Member states agree to share data in an effort to maintain voter rolls. BMV data is required to be shared among the states. Sharing data from other designated voter registration agencies, such as public assistance, disability services, and veteran services agencies, is optional. States pay a membership fee of $25,000 and annual dues to be part of ERIC. 

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