Ohio Senate Panel Weighs Online Voter Registration

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Backers of a bill that would let Ohioans register to vote online are telling a legislative panel that it would allow for more accurate voter rolls in the swing state.

The bill would direct Ohio’s elections chief to create a secure, online registration process for voters. Applicants would need to provide an Ohio driver’s license or state ID card number. Currently, Ohio voters can update their addresses online.

Karla Herron with the Ohio Association of Elections Officials told a Senate committee Wednesday that because the proposal ties online registration to the state’s motor vehicle database, safeguards are built in to prevent inaccurate registrations.

The committee’s chairman says a vote on the bill could come next week.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger has said the House is open to the change.