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Statement from Secretary Husted Regarding Ongoing Voter Roll Maintenance Lawsuit

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today filed a Motion to Implement a Remedy in Case Number 2:16-cv-0030, the Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Secretary of State Jon Husted. The following may be directly attributed to Secretary Husted:

“For 20 years, election officials have maintained the state’s voter rolls in the same manner. We have done so because it's been the law and the purpose for the law has been to remove deceased voters and voters who have moved, some out of state, and are otherwise ineligible to vote. Proper voter roll maintenance helps us avoid having bloated voter rolls that result in some counties having more people registered to vote than it has actual voting-age adults, which is a formula for fraud and confusion at the polls.

“This system of voter roll maintenance has served Ohio well for more than two decades. A federal court in a 2 to 1 decision said the state can no longer use the current system for voter roll maintenance, but did not prescribe a resolution for the matter.

“It is important to note that no voter has been removed from the rolls in 2016 under the provisions being deliberated in this case.”

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