New Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says he is reaching out to Ohioans who were recently purged from Ohio’s voting rolls.(Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)

Ohio voters purged from rolls will have new chance at registering

New Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says he is reaching out to Ohioans who were recently purged from Ohio’s voting rolls.

A spokesperson for LaRose said that he will reach out to an estimated 267,000 Ohioans who were removed in January after not responding to a “last chance” notice from predecessor Jon Husted.

Cleveland.com reports LaRose plans to send voter registration cards to every voter who was purged.

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In Montgomery County, some 17,918 residents should receive the notices, according to the secretary’s office. They will also go to 6,912 Butler County residents and 5,273 residents in Warren County.

The secretary’s office says voters get six years to respond to county boards of elections to confirm registrations.

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If residents don’t respond or don’t vote in at least 12 elections, don’t request absentee ballot applications in even-numbered year general elections or don’t have their information automatically updated in transactions with Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices — if voters “ignore” those attempts to keep them on the rolls, they are sent a “last chance” notice, Matthew McClellan, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office, said last month.

Both LaRose and Husted, who is now Ohio’s lieutenant governor, are Republicans. LaRose has said he hopes to improve state voting rolls in order to reduce the likelihood of someone being removed.

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