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Husted Talks About Future After Voter Rolls Ruling

John Husted stands at a podium at a 2016 event
Karen Kasler
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Ohio Public Radio
Ohio Secretary of State John Husted says that voters won't be purged from registations prior to the fall election.

Democrats are saying thousands of voters could be affected by the US Supreme Court’s decision upholding the way Ohio deletes inactive registrations. But Secretary of State John Husted, who’s also the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, says the law prevents voters from being removed before the fall election.

Ohio can continue its two-step process of sending mailings after two years of voter inactivity and after four years, removal of registrations from those who don’t respond to mailings and also don’t vote. Democratic Secretary of State candidate Rep. Kathleen Clyde says she’d put an end to that, but Husted says the office is required by law to run the process. 

“A future secretary of state could change some things within that realm. But I fully expect that with this ruling that the legislature will codify this.”

Opponents say Husted has been more aggressive than other Secretaries of State in what they call purging voters, but Husted says his office has also created online change of address and other ways to reach voters.