This Week: Outside Groups Caught 40,000 Eligible Voters On Ohio Purge List

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October 21, 2019 9:32 a.m.

A Big Picture Look At Ohio’s Voter Purge: The New York Times visited the “use it or lose it” purge happening in Ohio that I previously covered for TPM and found that nearly 1 in 5 individuals on the original purge list were found to be eligible voters once outside groups got a chance to vet the list. The most recent purge was the first time that the state’s secretary of state, Frank LaRose, a moderate Republican, made the purge list publicly available ahead of the removals so that outside groups could prevent eligible voters from being cast off. The groups were grateful for the opportunity, but questions have been raised about the accuracy of previous purges, about the rate of eligible voters being purged in other states with aggressive removal practices, and on whether states should really be depending on outside groups to mitigate their faulty purge practices.

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