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Ohio Removes 98,000 Voter Registrations In Latest Purge

A view of an Ohio voting sticker at the Hamilton County Board of Elections to participate in early voting, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Norwood, Ohio.
Aaron Doster
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Associated Press
A view of an Ohio voting sticker at the Hamilton County Board of Elections to participate in early voting, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Norwood, Ohio.

A near record number of Ohioans were registered to vote in 2020. Now 97,795 voter registrations have been removed from the rolls during what Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose calls a planned cleanup effort.

In August, Ohio put out a list of nearly 116,000 registrations in danger of being removed after the fall election, and called on community groups to help find those voters.

Between August 21 and December 7, nearly 18,000 of those Ohioans did something to re-activate their voter registration. Some voters may have request or cast ballots in November, which proves they are still active. Or some may have simply updated their registrations online or in response to mailings sent to them.

Some of the nearly 98,000 voter registrations that have now been removed from the rolls could be people who have moved, had a duplicate registration or who died. Voters who want to check to see whether they have been removed can do so by going online.

Anyone who finds out they’ve been removed and wants to re-activate their registration can do so by going online at VoteOhio.gov.