COLUMBUS – As part of continuing efforts to encourage voter participation and keep voter rolls accurate, the Office of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted mailed over 855,000 informational notices to potential voters throughout the month of July. This latest round of outreach was made possible through Ohio’s partnership with the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC).
“Advanced technology and a series of innovative partnerships, like the one made possible through ERIC, are helping us to ensure it’s easy to vote and hard to cheat across the state,” Secretary Husted said. “Not only are we making sure the voter rolls are accurate, but we’re proactively reaching out to eligible Ohioans who are not yet registered to vote.”
In total, the Secretary of State’s Office contacted 319,425 Ohio residents who are eligible to vote but unregistered, 430,106 voters who have changed residences within Ohio, and 105,914 Ohio voters who have moved out-of-state. To date, these efforts have resulted in more than 2.2 million Ohioans having been contacted to get registered to vote, and over 2.3 million current and former Buckeye State residents contacted to encourage them to update their registration.
In June 2016, Secretary Husted announced a new collaboration between Ohio and ERIC that leverages public and private data to engage voters and more accurately maintain voter rolls. The system helps to identify individuals who are eligible to vote but not yet registered, so they can be contacted and encouraged to register and participate in future elections. ERIC also assists in identifying people who have moved or died, so that their registration can be appropriately managed.
As of today, 24 states have partnered with ERIC.
Under Secretary Husted’s leadership, Ohio has removed more than 662,000 deceased voters from the rolls and resolved more than 1.86 million duplicate registrations. More than 528,000 Ohioans have taken advantage of the online change of address tool and nearly 30,000 Ohioans have registered to vote online since online voter registration was launched in January 2017.
Individuals receiving notifications have plenty of time to act prior to the 2018 General Election. The election will be held on Tuesday, November 6.
Tuesday, October 9 is the deadline to register for the November 6 General Election, and early voting will begin on Wednesday, October 10.
Registered and prospective voters can change their address or register to vote at MyOhioVote.com. Ohio voters can visit MyOhioVote.com/VoterToolkit to check their voter registration status, find their polling location, view their sample ballot and track their absentee ballot.
2018 Ohio Elections Calendar