Harlan Spector

Harlan Spector is a Northeast Ohio writer and a journalism instructor at Cleveland State University. 

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Fighting the Republicans’ Voter Purges in Ohio

If you miss voting in an election in Ohio, Republicans make you ineligible to vote in the next one. This year, Democrats are working hard to get Ohioans back on the rolls. 

This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . Having won a United States Supreme Court ruling in mid-June that allowed him to kick voters off the rolls for not voting in previous elections, Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted wasted no time directing county elections officials to restart his voter-purge program. In July, Husted instructed Ohio’s 88 county elections boards to mail address-confirmation notices by August 6 to registered voters who haven’t voted in two years. This is step one in the controversial purge, which had been on hold since a federal appeals court ruled in 2016 that Ohio’s method of removing registered voters violated federal law. It’s a safe bet that many Ohioans don’t know that they’ve lost, or they might lose, their right to vote simply by not voting. Under Husted, Ohio has conducted the nation’s most aggressive voter purges. If you fail to vote for two...