Wrongful voter purges. Rejected ballots in Black communities. Attempts to decrease the number of poll workers who serve on Election Day so that polling places aren’t prepared. These are just the latest threats to free and fair elections in Ohio. We can’t allow these attempts to roll back the right to vote.
In 2019, Ohio removed nearly half a million voters from the registration rolls, thousands of whom should have stayed on the rolls because they were actually eligible voters. Voter purges are an urgent threat to the right to vote. Even Ohio’s secretary of state admitted the process was flawed. And yet, the purges continue.
All Voting is Local Ohio was the first advocacy group to reach voters in the pipeline to be purged by texting and calling nearly 500,000 people in 2018 and 2019. Our Ohio team is on the ground with creative solutions and advocacy focused on three priorities:
- Fighting wrongful purges while also advocating for reforms we know can fix a broken system such as Automatic Voter Registration.
- Traveling statewide to train advocates to fight for better access to voting for people in Ohio’s jails and to watchdog local boards of elections for reductions in poll workers so that no voter has to wait in a long line because a polling place is not prepared.
- Empowering voters at Ohio’s Historical Black Colleges and Universities to know their rights at the polls. Students at Wilberforce and Central State universities disproportionately cast more provisional ballots and are more likely to have those ballots rejected.
News from Ohio
Ohio Officials Must Protect Voters’ and Poll Workers’ Rights and Health Amid Coronavirus Concerns
A coalition of voter rights organizations urged Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Frank LaRose to take additional steps to protect voters’ and poll workers’ health and rights for the March 17 primary election.
All Voting is Local to Text, Call Ohio Voters about Primary Election Polling Place Changes Amid Coronavirus Concerns
All Voting is Local today announced a campaign to reach hundreds of thousands of Ohio residents whose polling places have changed for the March 17 primary election because of last-minute moves amid concerns about the coronavirus.
All Voting is Local Launches Multi-State Campaign to Fight Wrongful Voter Purges
All Voting is Local today launched a campaign to text more than a million voters at risk of having their registrations wrongfully purged from their states’ voter rolls.