This year the state has removed some Ohioans from the voter registration rolls who have not cast a ballot in recent years.
LaRose has said the move is his office following the law and is needed to keep the voter registration list updated and accurate. Critics say the purge of voters from the system is not necessary and will suppress voter turnout.
Earlier this year, Ohio canceled the registrations of about 267,000 voters after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state’s process of purging those who have not cast ballots for six years is constitutional.
Another 235,610 people were sent last-chance notices by Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections in July to warn them that their registration would be canceled on Sept. 6 unless they took action.
Thousands of those voters were mistakenly added to that list, though, and should not have received last-chance notices.
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LaRose said Tuesday morning that voters should not be worried and should make sure they keep their registration up to date when they change addresses.
“Voters should not be worried. Voters should take responsibility and be aware of both the rights and responsibilities that come with being a citizen. What that means is that you should keep your registration up to date. When you move, you should change your address,” LaRose said.