Ohio Secretary of State Must Stop the Purges, Be Transparent
CLEVELAND — All Voting is Local Ohio State Director Kayla Griffin issued the following statement in response to recent revelations that Ohio’s county election boards are unilaterally and illegally removing voters with a conviction from their rolls.
“It’s abundantly clear that Ohio’s purge process under Secretary of State LaRose is chaotic, disorganized, and threatens every Ohioan’s fundamental right to vote. LaRose must stop removing voters from the rolls until he can restore accountability and transparency into this process and fulfill his obligation to run free, fair, and impartial elections. LaRose must focus on his duties and ensure that all Ohioans who have a conviction history can exercise their constitutional right to vote.”
All Voting is Local and advocates have long urged Secretary LaRose to immediately stop voter purges due to administrative errors and a lack of transparency. In light of Ohio’s inconsistent purge of voters who have convictions, some counties have enacted an uneven, piecemeal approach while others have put their practices on hold.