By Mark Sumner
Tuesday Oct 25, 2016 · 10:18 AM EDT
According to Fox News, Republicans have “Good news in Ohio.” What is that good news?
White share of the vote is up 3 points from four years ago, black share is down 7.
There’s no pretense about determining the party of these voters, just their race. And how did Ohio come to be such a sunny spot for Republicans in early voting? It was helped by a massive voter purge.
A recent Reuters report found that across Ohio's biggest cities -- Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati -- a total of 144,000 had been removed from voter registration rolls, and that voters from Democratic-leaning neighborhoods were removed at roughly twice the rate as Republican-leaning neighborhoods.
How easy is it to get purged in Ohio? Very easy. Voters who turned out in 2008, but missed the 2012 election found they were already off the rolls when they showed up for elections last year. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office is also looking to throw out more votes over technical errors, like someone signing their name in cursive.