Ohio Dems Renew Call for Halt to Sept. 6 Purge, Statewide Independent Audit
COLUMBUS — Days after the Ohio Democratic Party filed an open records request with the Secretary of State’s office about their planned Sept. 6 vote purge, the state’s top elections official is admitting further issues with the purge lists — errors that were found only after good government and voting rights groups went public with their concerns.
“Every week it seems like there is a new revelation about how the lists of voters set to be purged next month are wrong — and through no fault of their own, thousands of Ohioans are at risk of losing their ability to vote,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Now we learn that the secretary of state’s office found additional errors with the purge lists only after outside groups raised issues and asked for more time to contact those who were set to be purged.
“We renew our call for Secretary of State Frank LaRose to halt the upcoming voter purge and allow an outside, independent entity to audit the entire process, to ensure no Ohio voter is disenfranchised because of bureaucratic errors. The integrity of our elections is at stake.”
The League of Women Voters sent LaRose’s office their list of individuals they suspected were wrongly identified to be purged on Friday, Aug. 16.
But days later, LaRose slammed the LWV and other good government and voting rights groups at a news conference, “calling the data misleading and sloppily researched,” while also claiming his office had not received their lists.