For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Joshua Eck
COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today contacted the Voter Participation Center in Washington D.C. to make them aware of a number of recurring errors surrounding the group’s voter registration drive. Both the Secretary of State’s Office and Boards of Election across Ohio have reported an unusually high number of voter complaints regarding the effort, which is attempting to contact unregistered individuals via U.S. Mail with a voter registration form.
Ohioans have reported the registration mailing being addressed to family pets as well as to those who will not yet be 18 before the November 2016 General Election. The Voter Participation Center’s mailing has also commonly been addressed to people who do not live in Ohio as well as citizens who are deceased.
“We’ve worked hard for years to remove deceased voters and duplicate registrations from the rolls. Careless work by outside groups is harmful to the cause of election integrity,” Secretary Husted said. “Raising awareness for upcoming elections and encouraging people to get registered to vote is good for democracy, but encouraging people to register deceased relatives and family pets is damaging to the credibility of future elections.”
The letter submitted to the group by the Secretary of State’s Office requests that the organization work with its data provider to improve the accuracy of the information used for future mailings.
Secretary Husted also advised the 88 county boards of election of the issue so they can appropriately address concerns from residents.
Any Ohioan who would like to confirm the status of their voter registration can visit www.MyOhioVote.com, a website operated by the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office.
Ohioans with questions and concerns about the Voter Participation Center’s mailing can reach the group at (202) 659-9570. Those who would like to be removed from the group’s future mailings can call the number or visit their website at www.VoterParticipation.org/Unsubscribe.
In addition to Ohioans, the Voter Participation Center’s website indicates this mailing was also distributed in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wyoming.
Secretary Husted announced on June 14th that his office will partner with the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) to send information on voter registration to every eligible, but currently unregistered Ohioan ahead of the 2016 Presidential Election. It is estimated that the state will be able to make contact with 1.6 million unregistered Ohioans through the partnership with ERIC.