Husted’s office put a notice on its website describing the process — something that was required by the federal court ruling. And the Secretary of State held webinars for county boards of elections to walk through practical implementation.
Clyde, though, says Husted could have gone beyond meeting the letter of the court order by creating an online look-up of those purged from the rolls and doing more public education via social media and the secretary of state website.
“We are basically in the exact same place…nothing has happened and we are six days from Election Day,” said Clyde, an attorney.
Eck fired back: “It is reckless and irresponsible for someone who claims to be an advocate for voters to be using false and misleading scare tactics on those same voters just days before a presidential election.”
Carrie Davis, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, said before the Oct. 11 registration deadline, the league and Ohio Voter Rights Coalition contacted 700,000 households via robo and live calls to urge purged voters to re-register and infrequent voters to check their registration. Since then, the message has changed to urging purged voters to vote provisional ballots in-person, Davis said.
“Really, the challenge has been getting that word out to people,” she said. But she stopped short of specifically blaming Husted for not doing more.
“Our view is we could always be doing more to encourage every eligible voter to participate,” Davis said.