Demolished Building Voter Challenges lead Voters to Update Addresses

Demolished Building Voter Challenges lead Voters to Update Addresses

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June 20, 2014


On June 3, 2014, the Hamilton County Board of Elections (BOE) unanimously voted to approve the challenge of fifty (50) voters who are registered destroyed buildings. These challenges are a part of a yearlong study by Ohio Voter Integrity Project (Ohio VIP) to identify people registered at demolished properties based on lists provided by the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Port Authority.

To date, approximately two hundred (200) voter challenges have been submitted using information from these lists, with over one hundred and eighty five (185) of the challenges being unanimously upheld by the BOE.  In addition, ten (10) voters updated their voter registration addresses to their current residence in response to the mandatory challenge notices sent to them by the BOE.  Over fifty percent (50%) of the two hundred (200) challenge notices mailed were returned to the BOE as undeliverable.

Marlene Kocher, Research Leader for Ohio VIP, is encouraged by the results.  “The purpose of this effort is to get voters to update their addresses with the BOE, says Kocher.  Obviously they aren’t living in a building that has been torn down.  If people keep their voter registration addresses current, then they are less likely to vote provisionally.”  Ohio VIP plans to continue this research in Hamilton County with the help of the BOE.  They have also started to apply the same research procedures in other Ohio counties.

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