COLUMBUS — More than 1.5 million Ohioans who are eligible to vote but haven’t registered will get an invitation in August to join the voter rolls and thousands who have died or moved out of state will be dropped, under a new partnership between the Ohio Secretary of State and a national non-profit organization.

Secretary of State Jon Husted predicted on Tuesday that the total number of registered voters will climb beyond the current 7.6 million and the records will be more accurate as Ohio — once again — undergoes the added scrutiny of being a crucial swing state in a hotly contested presidential election.

“Our goal has always been to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat in Ohio,” Husted said.

Ohio will join 18 states and the District of Columbia participating in the Electronic Registration Information Center, a national non-profit formed in June 2012 to focus on maintaining accurate voter registration records. It is funded by the Pew Center for the States.

ERIC states cross check voter files against Social Security death records, driver’s license and vehicle registration records and other databases. Pew is awarding Ohio a $400,000 grant to cover most of the cost of sending notice about the easiest path to register to an estimated 1.5 million to 2.25 million Ohioans who are eligible but not yet registered.

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