MOUNT VERNON — A Kenyon College-based student organization is urging Knox County residents who haven’t voted in a while to make sure they are registered to vote for the coming Nov. 5 election, given that the state of Ohio earlier this month purged approximately 200,000 voters who had not been active voters over the past six years.

Voters can check their ballot-casting status by going to the website: https://voterlookup.ohiosos.gov/voterlookup.aspx.

Voters who determine they have been removed by the state purge earlier this month can re-register by filling out and mailing into the Knox County Board of Elections a voter registration form that must be postmarked by this coming Sunday, Oct. 6. The form is available at: https://www.ohiosos.gov/globalassets/elections/forms/4010.pdf. The completed form should be mailed to: Knox County Board of Elections, 117 E. High St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. Another option is to take the completed form to the address above, to the elections board offices located on the second floor of the County Service Center.

The Kenyon affiliate of Every Vote Counts — a student organization describing itself as non-partisan, and focused on bringing awareness to voters on important issues — is urging voters to make sure they are registered to vote.

Matteo Favalaro, secretary of Kenyon’s Every Vote Counts group, said its members are concerned “some Mount Vernon voters will head to the polls only to discover that their registration is not actually valid, and that they are ineligible to vote. Our goal at Every Vote Counts is to ensure that the democratic voice of the people is heard by encouraging and enabling as many people to vote as possible.”

Of the approximately 200,000 Ohioans who have been purged by the Secretary of State’s office for voter inactivity since 2013, a total of 1,214 of them were removed from Knox County’s voter rolls, county elections board Director Kim Horn said Monday. She added she did not consider that to be an inordinately high number, since it leaves Knox County presently with 39,965 registered voters. That number is down from three of the most recent General Elections. There were 40,300 registered voters in the Nov. 8, 2016 Presidential Election, which saw 72.65 percent of them, or 29,278 voters, cast ballots; the Nov. 7, 2017 General Election had 40,646 registered voters, of whom just 30.9 percent, or 12,561 of them cast ballots, with Horn attributing the low turnout to being an odd-numbered election year when turnout is typically lower; and of 42,292 registered voters in the Nov. 6, 2018 General Election, 54.55 percent, or 23,070, cast ballots.

Horn said the Ohio Secretary of State and the state’s 88 county election boards make multiple efforts to reach out to voters to ensure they have the opportunity to remain registered voters, or re-register if needed. She said those inactive since 2013 in Knox County initially included 8,205 people who were mailed cards on June 15, 2015, informing them of the need to complete forms to remain active voters. Most of them took the warning seriously enough to rectify their situations because only 1.214 were purged from the voting rolls this month, Horn said. They received “last chance” notices in July, she emphasized.

One reason for the number being as high as it is could be people who moved out of state, Horn offered. But if they remained in Ohio, the process of updating one’s address is not difficult, she said. And there is still time to re-register, as long as the voter re-registration form is postmarked by Sunday night or voters come into the elections office this week to re-register.

“Next year, people who have had no (voter) activity since 2018 will receive a confirmation card and have until 2024 to respond,” Horn said.

Of Knox County’s current 39,965 registered voters, 22,756 are not affiliated with a political party, according to Horn. Democrats total 4,100, while Republicans are more than triple their number with 12,958.

Voters can check their ballot-casting status by going to the website: https://voterlookup.ohiosos.gov/voterlookup.aspx.

Voters who determine they have been removed by the state purge earlier this month can re-register by filling out and mailing into the Knox County Board of Elections a voter registration form that must be postmarked by this coming Sunday, Oct. 6. The form is available at: https://www.ohiosos.gov/globalassets/elections/forms/4010.pdf. The completed form should be mailed to: Knox County Board of Elections, 117 E. High St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. Another option is to take the completed form to the address above, to the elections board offices located on the second floor of the County Service Center.

 

Larry Di Giovanni: 740-397-5333 or larry@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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