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No Midterm Dip: Ohio Voter Registrations Up Since 2016

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John Minchillo
Associated Press

Voter registrations are up in Ohio since the November 2016. As of September 8, 2018, there were 7,990,902 voters registered, compared to just over 7,861,000 in the 2016 election.

The numbers are encouraging to the League of Women Voters of Ohio, which advocates for increased voter participation.

Jen Miller of LWV Ohio says she’s encouraged that, at last check, voter registration rates are up by two percent since the presidential election two years ago.

“We often see a downtick in turnout in midterm elections, but this increase seems to indicate an enthusiasm for politics and voting this year,” Miller said.

Voters have until Tuesday to register to vote. Miller says voters should go online to check their registrations before then to make sure they are properly registered for this fall’s election.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.