(Columbus, Ohio) – June 7, 2013 – Yesterday the Franklin County Board of Elections (BOE) unanimously voted to accept thirty seven (37) challenges of voters registered at USPS and UPS stores. The challenges were submitted by Carol Bicking of Ohio Voter Integrity Project (Ohio VIP), a non-partisan group dedicated to helping maintain accurate voter rolls for Ohio.

Under Ohio law, voters are required to register where they reside:  it is not legal to register at a commercial property, business address, P.O. Box or mail forwarding center.

On May 23, 2013, Secretary of State John Husted issued Directive 2013-11:  Examining Voter Registration Addresses directing all 88 County Boards of Elections to compile lists of USPS and commercial mail box entities to determine if any registered voters were using those facilities as their voting addresses in violation of Ohio law.

Ms.Bicking’s research was initiated prior to the issuance of Directive 2013-11.  “My research gives the Franklin County BOE a good start towards complying with this directive,” said Bicking. “The results show that the Franklin County BOE is serious about cleaning up the voter rolls for illegally registered voters.”

Ohio VIP was encouraged by the Franklin County Board’s bi-partisan agreement to process the challenges.  Similar challenges were also unamiously accepted by the BOEs in Montgomery County in 2012 and in Hamilton County earlier this year.

Ohio Voter Integrity Project is a non-partisan grassroots effort to educate and involve citizens in various aspects of the electoral process to ensure unbiased and lawful elections for all residents of Ohio regardless of race or party affiliation. For more information, contact Mary Siegel