I don't understand why this group out of Columbus and Washington would create their own form and send it to voters in Ohio? They know that our Secretary of State has found reason after reason to kick out voters so why take the risk. We are engaged in two lawsuits with the Secretary of State including one for an improper purge of voters, so it is only natural for the Secretary to find a reason to kick out registrations. None of the numbers match the Ohio form and they ask confusing questions like "ID number." They ask a race question, which is not on the Ohio form. Will each of the 88 counties accept this form or will this group have to file another lawsuit? There was a citizen from Columbus who is trying to get her BOE to accept the form in Franklin County. This just seems strange and asking for trouble.
We had nothing to do with this form or the group and would have said, "Don't try to do a national form. Do a form for each state." They are just asking for the Secretary of State to reject these forms.
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We received more information about this issue after our complaints. This is the national registration form and should be accepted in every County in Ohio. There are some small counties in Ohio who do not always follow directives or common sense, so we have to trust that this will work. I heard directly from the group last week who wanted to send out the Ohio form, but could not make it happen. They have state tailored forms for every other state except Ohio (you can guess why).
The group is trying to get every voter in the United States registered to vote. NEOCH shares this goal, and they are working with state advocates to make sure that voters are registered for this critical vote. We did check with Cuyahoga County Board of Elections officials who said that they have no problem accepting this form. If the voter does not fill out the ID section, they will send them a follow up letter. They were concerned with the outdated information on some of the letters, but had no problem with the registration form. It will be accepted in Cuyahoga County, and by law should be accepted in every County in Ohio.