COLUMBUS -- Almost 170,000 Ohioans identified as unregistered, but eligible to vote, will receive a postcard in the mail instructing them how to register to vote.

The initiative, starting Aug. 26, is in coordination with the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), a non-profit organization which assists participating states in the effort to improve the accuracy of their voter rolls and increase access to voter registration.

As a part of this partnership, ERIC and their 28 participating states work to identify eligible citizens found on the motor vehicle database, but who are not registered to vote and have never received a similar mailing previously.

“Voting is one of our fundamental rights as Americans, and we want every eligible voter to have the chance to exercise that right,” said Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.

“We expect this effort will reach a lot of younger Ohioans who haven’t yet taken advantage of the opportunity to register to vote, so we’re making sure they’re given every chance to have their voice heard," he said.

Based on the data provided by the BMV, nearly 120,000 Ohioans under the age of 21 will receive the voter registration outreach postcard.

Ohioans interested in being registered to vote in the Nov. 5 general election must do so by Oct. 7. You can register to vote or update your current registration at VoteOhio.gov.

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