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Activists battle voter purge in Ohio

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>> Have you all did your voter's registration?>> It's the battleground that could easily decide who wins the White House. Ohio, and activists here, are ramping up against a rule that could stop tens of thousands from casting their votes this fall.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Cincinnati, Ohio, one of the most competitive corners of the most competitive state, some 30,000 voters have been purged from the registration lists here, due to inactivity.
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This practice tends to fall most heavily on neighborhoods like this one, Over-the-Rhine, which lean Democratic. That's a big warning sign for Hillary Clinton and other Democrat candidates ahead of this November's election.>> These canvassers working the streets are with the Amos Project, an interfaith group trying to re-register people who have fallen off the 2016 election rolls.
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>> We're trying to make sure that people know that they need to vote because they have been purged from the system after the last presidential election.>> Most states work to keep voter lists up to date, removing dead people and duplications, but Republican-led Ohio goes a step farther.
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Voters who miss an election get a postcard to verify their identities. If they don't return it, they're eventually dropped from the list, and can no longer vote. Last year, Ohio removed tens of thousands of people who last voted in 2008. The practice has been in place for more than 20 years, but it doesn't affect all citizens equally.
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Voters in Democratic-leaning neighborhoods are cleared off the lists twice as frequently as they are in Republican areas. The hardest hit tend to be home to lower income African Americans, who Clinton is counting on in her likely battle with Donald Trump.>> The Amos Project is aiming to register 30,000 voters ahead of the election, that's the same number of people who've been kicked off the rolls due to inactivity.
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They're basically trying to dig themselves out of a hole. This policy could potentially play a huge role in determining who wins Ohio, and keep in mind, generally, who wins Ohio, wins the White House.