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Registration Readiness

Continuing his innovative approach to help Ohioans keep their registration active and the state’s voter registration rates high, Secretary LaRose has released the Registration Readiness list. No one on the list of 115,816 registrations will be cancelled prior to the November 3, 2020 General Election. Boards of elections will restore the registration status of any registrant that votes, updates or confirms their registration, responds to a mailing, or engages in any other voter activity from now until December 7, 2020. 

According to Ohio’s county boards of elections, the registrations on the Registration Readiness list have been inactive, engaging in no voter activity whatsoever, for a period of at least four years per the NCOA process or six years per the supplemental process and have failed to respond to multiple notices mailed since 2016. Registrations which continue to be abandoned and inactive through December 7th, 2020 will be removed by the respective county board of elections as the law requires.

The Secretary of State’s office posted the Registration Readiness list online so individuals may search to see if their registration was included on the list by their county board of elections: VoteOhio.gov/RegistrationReadiness.

“Keeping our voter lists accurate isn’t just required by law – it’s the right thing to do,” said LaRose. “That’s why we’re once again using proven strategies to reach impacted registrants and cooperating with our longtime partners to give every Ohioan their opportunity to be heard each and every election.”

Registrants may become active in a number of ways. The most common and easiest for registrants include the following:

  • Voting in the November 3, 2020 election;
  • Requesting an absentee ballot application;
  • Updating or confirming their address through VoteOhio.gov.

This initiative will once again be amplified by community organizations across Ohio that help find and assist individuals that wish to continue their active registration status, as well as provide outside review and support to ensure list accuracy. So far, partners include the NAACP, Ohio Council of Urban Leagues, A. Philip Randolph Association, Ohio Right to Life, church organizations, and the Ohio Republican Party. The office will continue to mobilize the more than 200 partners who have worked with us on both voter registration and poll worker recruitment efforts.

The registrations on the list are current as of the date the data was generated and submitted to the Secretary of State’s office. The data depicts the inactive registrations contained in the counties’ voter registration systems. The county boards of elections generated this data and provided it to the Secretary’s office no earlier than August 7, 2020 and no later than August 21, 2020. This means there are registrations which are on the list but became active since the list was submitted. None of those registrations will be cancelled.

For more information, read the news release.