|For the first time ever, Ohioans are now able to register to vote online. I am proud to say that Ohio’s election process will be more secure, more convenient and less expensive as a result.
Launched on January 1st, 2017, Ohio’s new online voter registration system allows Ohioans with access to the internet to submit their new voter registrations or update their voting address online at www.myohiovote.com. To complete the voter registration online, voters must provide their name, address, date of birth, the last four digits of their social security number, and an Ohio driver’s license or state ID card number. Those who prefer using the hardcopy method still have the option of registering to vote by mail or in-person at their local Board of Elections office.
Upon submitting the required information, the system immediately verifies the voter’s eligibility prior to accepting the registration. The Ohio Secretary of State is required to annually review the database to ensure that there are no non-U.S. citizens registered to vote. This new system is based on a successful model used in other states. Arizona, for example, has used a similar electronic registration arrangement for over a decade with zero reports of security breaches or voter fraud.
We also anticipate that the new system will save Ohio's taxpayers millions of dollars in reduced administrative costs. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, online registration saves an average of between $0.50 and $2.34 per registration. This cost reduction would have saved Ohio taxpayers between $3.7 million to $17.3 million between 2011 and 2016. Paper registration forms require significantly more processing, which translates to increased administrative fees.
The new system helps to streamline an outdated process, allowing easier access for Ohioans to submit and update their voter registration information. For many, this process is a more convenient alternative to registering and updating voter information using the paper form, in-person or by mail.
I was proud to co-sponsor Senate Bill 63, which encourages more Ohioans to participate in our electoral process by taking advantage of modern technology. I believe that this legislation makes it easier for Ohioans to exercise their constitutional rights and reduces inefficiencies that are helping to save millions for Ohio taxpayers. I encourage all Ohioans to visit www.myohiovote.com to learn more about our new online voter registration system.