Ohio Democratic Party Statement on Frank LaRose’s “Fresh Start Campaign”

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairman David Pepper in response to Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s “Fresh Start Campaign,” which spent $242 per voter registration to combat the state’s aggressive purging policies, which have removed millions from the rolls:

“It’s time to modernize this whole process and learn from others states that are already undertaking best practices that improve registration and save tax dollars. Reforms such as automatic voter registration and same-day registration lower costs, reduce errors and cut down on delays on Election Day. They do all of that on top of increasing voter registration rates. Same-day registration would also lead to increased voter participation.”

In the fall of 2018 while on the campaign trail, LaRose pledged to support his “own version” of “automating the registration process.”

The “America Goes to the Polls” report, by Nonprofit VOTE and the U.S. Elections Project, found that seven of the top 10 states for voter turnout in 2018 had same-day registration. The report also found that “registration growth was nearly four times higher in the five states” that reported their automatic voter registration data, compared to states without AVR or same-day registration.