The Ohio Democratic Party is calling for a halt to the Secretary of State’s pruning of the voter rolls. And it wants an investigation following mistakes in Franklin County where more than a thousand voters have been flagged for removal.
Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper says he doesn’t think Franklin County’s mistake is the only one in the system. He thinks counties might be handling removal from voting rolls differently so he wants a moratorium on that practice.
“Before you keep moving forward on a broken system, call time-out and take a deep look at it," Pepper says.
The Ohio Secretary of State’s office says the Franklin County problems have been fixed. In a written statement, spokeswoman Maggie Sheehan says county boards of elections weren’t given the flexibility to handle the process differently. She explains two counties submitted their information as two different lists and another initially submitted an earlier draft of the list, not the final draft. She says each of those discrepancies were swiftly resolved.
Sheehan says the ODP is focusing on a situation that is wasting everyone’s time. Instead, she says the party should join the more than 20 organizations, including the NAACP, League of Women Voters, and Ohio Republican Party, that are reaching out to voters who are listed as having inactive registrations.