Nearly two million Ohio voters — a full third of the swing state’s electorate — mailed in their ballots in 2012. This year, many who wish to do so may be denied that choice.
The state has been aggressively purging voters who have skipped three or more federal elections, as well as those who have moved and failed to update their address. Those purged have been disproportionately low-income, African-American, Democratic voters who live in inner-city Cleveland and Cincinnati.
In addition to the 200,000 registered voters already purged, more than a million still-eligible Ohioans who have skipped just one federal election have been placed on an inactive list. When the Secretary of State mailed out absentee ballot applications to every single registered voter in the state this week, one in seven Ohio voters did not receive one because they were on this list.
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