Ohio Dems Ask — Again — For Public Records On Voter Purge

NYT Report Found That Frank LaRose’s Purge “Was Wrong About 20%

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party today provided the Ohio Secretary of State’s office with an updated public records request in response to their refusal to turn over any documents related to the voter purge that removed more than 180,000 registered voters from the rolls ahead of this year’s election.

“Frank LaRose claims to value transparency, but his office is clearly stonewalling our request for information about how they handled the error-riddled voter purge they conducted this fall,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “As the New York Times documented earlier this month, it was concerned Ohioans, good government groups and voting rights advocates that caught LaRose’s errors and kept him from wrongfully removing tens of thousands of eligible Ohio voters from the rolls. Now LaRose is pretending they don’t have any documentation — not a single email — that can explain what happened. Their refusal to turn over public records violates the law. It’s preposterous.”

The LaRose public records request comes in the wake of a blockbuster New York Times report that “volunteer sleuthing” found that 40,000 eligible Ohio voters were set to be purged by LaRose this fall. That translates into an error rate of about 20 percent.

The party’s updated records request is available here. Earlier today the party hand-delivered the records request, with a copy of Attorney General Yost’s 2019 Ohio Sunshine Laws: An Open Records Manual.