YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, but volunteers in Ohio already have been pounding the pavement to help get eligible voters on the rolls.
The Ohio Organizing Collaborative has registered more than 140,000 voters in 2016 and aims to register 10,000 more before the October 11 deadline.
Spokesman Michael McGovern says it’s important that voters check to make sure their current registration is valid.
“The state has been purging voters who maybe haven’t voted in a couple years, and they’re getting knocked off the rolls and they’re not even aware,” he said. “If you move in between elections and you don’t update your status and can’t vote in the proper polling location.”
Because Ohio is such an important swing state, elections here are especially competitive. McGovern says just a few votes can make a huge difference.
“To put that in perspective, in 2012, Barack Obama won Ohio by 160,000. In 2010, John Kasich was elected governor by about 70,000. George Bush won Ohio in 2004 by 110,000,” he said.
To update your voter registration information, go to the Ohio Secretary of State’s website.