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IMPORTANT: The Effects of PURGES in Franklin Co., Ohio:
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On March 21, 2005 the House Administration Committee held a hearing entitled 2004-Election and the Implementation of HAVA at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, OH. Giving testimony that day was William Anthony, who served in the dual role of Chairman of the Franklin County BOE and Chair of the Franklin County Democratic Party. Mr Anthony gave the following testimony:


Finally on Voter Registration Mr. Chairman, as the Committee is well aware, there were innumerable political parties and 537s spending tens of millions of dollars on voter registration drives. In Franklin County alone, we processed more than a quarter of a million voter registration forms between January 1, 2004 and the close of registration in early October. This was twice the registration activity as compared to the same period in 2000.

Bill Anthony testimony on March 21 2005
http://cha.house.gov/hearings/Testimony.aspx?TID=477

Mr Anthonys testimony stated that in Franklin County alone, more than a quarter million voter registrations forms were processed between Jan. 1 2004 and the close of registration in early October. Yet when the registered voter numbers are compared from 2003 to 2004, we see a change of 120,869.

google: Ohio voter registration historical data
http://elections.ssrc.org/data/voterreg /

Ohio Election Data - Registered Voters before Certification
The Feminist Majority Foundation
Detailed chart of annual changes in Ohio voter registration numbers from 2000 to 2004. The data demonstrates a large voter roll purging in 2002 and relatively high numbers of new registrants from 2002-2004.
voters in 2004 = 845,720
voters in 2003 = 724,851
# Changed
from 03-04 = 120,869

http://www.feminist.org/pdfs/OH_election_precert.pdf

WHY WAS THERE ONLY AN INCREASE OF 120, 869 IN THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS? The answer is PURGES.
These purges at the hands of SOS Kenneth Blackwell targeted high democratic counties. Look at the effects at this site:

http://www.feminist.org/pdfs/OH_election_precert.pdf

THIS WAS A SUCCESSFUL TOOL FOR THE GOP TO SUPPRESS DEM VOTES. THE GOOD NEWS IS WE CAN FIGHT BACK!
WE NEED TO ORGANIZE REGISTRATION CHECKS, ESPECIALLY IN LOW INCOME HIGH DEM AREAS(who have less access to computers to check on registration status) JUST PRIOR REGISTRATION CUT-OFFS. THIS WILL SERVE TWO PURPOSES:

1. It will show these voters, who have been disenfranchised in the past that we are taking proactive measures to make sure their votes will count in the future, thus making it more likely they will get out to vote. and

2. We can make sure voters are aware of changes in precinct locations. They will be informed of exactly where to vote.

I believe copies of their status should be made so that if purges do occur, the documentation can be used in court to prove the suppression technique.

I have been pushing this idea to the Ohio Dems, warning of the effects of purging, but my warnings have fallen on deaf ears. I don't get it, one would think they would want protect their base. If the Dems won't do this, I hope that election reform groups will attempt to look into creating a program in areas near them.

comments please.

ps I'll be back with some data on another High Dem county: Lucas Co OH.
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