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Be diligent in your own voting record

Tens of thousands of people on Ohio voter registration rolls should not be there. Some have changed addresses. Others have died. Some may not have cast ballots in many years. Getting those names off the registration lists is an important aspect of election security.

Last week, a federal judge agreed that Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s plan to “purge” registration lists could proceed. LaRose says he has put safeguards in place to ensure that eligible voters are not removed. But we have already seen there is a potential for mistakes.

Some Ohioans may wonder whether they remain registered. An easy way to check is to go to the secretary of state’s website: https://voterlookup.sos.state.oh.us/voterlookup.aspx. If you have questions, check the easy-to-use website — or contact the election board in your county.

If you find you are no longer among the Buckeye State’s registered voters, act quickly to correct that. The deadline for voter registration for the Nov. 5 general election is Oct. 7. And do not be fooled into thinking this one doesn’t matter — that it is not as important as “the big one” next year. Decisions made in this election will in many ways have a greater impact on our lives here locally than what might happen next year. Find out whether you are still registered; and if you are not, take action to remain eligible to make your voice count.

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