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Husted Statement on Continuing Efforts to Maintain Accurate & Up-To-Date Voter Rolls

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today issued Directive 2018-39 to provide county boards of elections with guidance on resuming the supplemental process upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year. The bipartisan, 24 year-old process has been used in Ohio to ensure full compliance with state and federal law requiring accurate and current voter rolls be maintained. Secretary Husted previously instructed boards that voter registration cancellations under the supplemental process would not resume until after the 2018 General Election. The following may be attributed to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted:

“Maintaining our voter rolls is a legal requirement and essential part of ensuring Ohio is a place where it is easy to vote and hard to cheat. We want every eligible Ohioan to participate in our elections, and we must also preserve the integrity of our elections.

“There is no single option for keeping clean voter rolls, which is why for nearly a quarter century both Democrat and Republican secretaries of state have used the supplemental process and other tools to make sure the state’s voter rolls are not bloated with names of people ineligible to vote. These efforts have led to well-run elections and reduced the chance of long lines at the polls and other headaches for voters.

“Today’s directive instructs the county boards of elections to resume administering the supplemental process immediately.”

In July 2018, Secretary Husted announced a series of voter-focused intiatives to promote civic engagement and keep the voter rolls updated. These efforts included new online notifications for voters about changes to their registration status at, utilizing data from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to confirm a voter’s address, as well as requiring county boards of elections to mail an additional “last chance” notice 30 to 45 days prior to canceling any voter’s registration.

Additional Information:
Directive 2018 – 39 – Supplemental Process
Secretary Husted Announces Voter-Focused Initiatives to Promote Civic Engagement and Keep the Rolls Updated
Statement from Secretary Husted on SCOTUS Upholding Ohio’s Process for Maintaining Accurate Voter Rolls

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