Ohio voter purge: check your registration status before Election Day

Voters cast their ballot at the athletic wing of Orange High School, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Moreland Hills, Ohio. Election officials in two of Ohio's counties say lines of voters dwindled some after an early wave of Ohioans who cast their ballots early in the state's general election. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Voters cast their ballot at the athletic wing of Orange High School, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Moreland Hills, Ohio. Election officials in two of Ohio's counties say lines of voters dwindled some after an early wave of Ohioans who cast their ballots early in the state's general election. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – The state of Ohio has a practice of removing voters from their registered list who have not cast ballots in several years.  On Friday, a federal appeals court ruled against the practice of purging inactive registered voters.

Between 2012 and 2014 nearly 900,000 Ohio voters have been purged.  Depending on where you live, thousands of voter registrations may have been removed each year.

County election officials have continuously removed voters who haven’t voted in six years or more.  They’ve also purged voters who have passed away or have failed to respond to notices that they might be kicked out the system.

Some other reasons why you may run into trouble on Election Day include moving outside the area, felony convictions or if you’ve married and changed your last name.

Springfield Board of Elections Director Jason Baker said they’re not doing a widespread voter purge this year.

“Back in 2015 I do know that Clark County purged about 4,000 voters.  No voters are going to be removed from the registration this year at all, unless they unfortunately do pass away or move out of the county.  That’s the only way someone would be removed this year from the voter roll this year,” Baker said.

Baker also said if it’s been a while since you’ve voted and you’re unsure of your status, you can stop by your local county board of elections’ office.

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