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Voters Inexplicably Dropped from Ohio Rolls

Election Protection is getting reports of Ohio voters whose names have mysteriously vanished from the voter rolls:

We are receiving many reports from frustrated Ohio voters who have been inexplicably dropped from the lists of registered voters.

Voters in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) and Franklin County (Columbus) are reporting that:

  • after voting from same address for years, they suddenly have disappeared from the list at polls
  • they received a voter registration card/notice of registration and precinct, as recently as this fall — yet are not on the poll registry
  • they are on the statewide database (DB) but not on the poll registry

Unfortunately, the first two issues occurred repeatedly in 2004 and 2006, but have not been corrected. Cuyahoga County was the scene of various problems with the voter-registration database in recent elections. Experts say these kinds of problems can stem from mischief, programming errors, database corruption or rogue code. Whatever the cause, they disenfranchise legitimate voters and interfere with an efficient, fair and accurate election process.

 Again with Cuyahoga County. It’s not clear from the news bulletin how many reports EP has received 

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Lindsay Beyerstein

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