(FiveNation.com)- Last week the 88 boards of election in the state of Ohio began the process of culling from their voter rolls inactive voters and those who have relocated out of the state.
The four-year process will identify voters who have not voted in an election for at least two years as well as those that appear on the National Change of Address database. Once identified, these inactive voters still in Ohio will be sent a confirmation notice informing them of their inactivity and what steps to take to remain on the active voter rolls.
To remain on the voter rolls, those individuals have a number of options available to them. They can vote in any election over the next four years; submit an absentee ballot application; update or confirm an address with their local board of election or the DMV; or sign a candidate or issue petition certified by the board of election.
In announcing the process, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose touted Ohio’s “convenient and secure” elections, adding that the success of that “requires an elections system with integrity.”
LaRose explained that abandoned registrations clog up the system which makes it difficult for election officials to do their job, ultimately putting election security at risk.
LaRose also pushed for the passage of House Bill 294 – a voter integrity bill introduced by Republican lawmakers earlier this year.
The bill would reduce the number of early voting days and require two forms of identification in certain situations. The bill would also require the testing of voting machines before each use, as well as expands the definition of voter activity. It would also permit up to three ballot drop boxes to be placed at each county board of elections.
Other provisions in the bill include eliminating early voting on the day before an election and reallocating those hours to other days. It would change the deadline to request an absentee ballot to ten days before the election. The bill allows for automated voter registration, but not automatic voter registration.
Currently House Bill 294 remains in committee.
Naturally Ohio Democrats object to the bill, claiming it is an attempt suppress voters.