Ohio Senator Frank LaRose (R–Copley) today introduced legislation aimed at modernizing Ohio’s voter registration process by implementing an online registration system.
Senate Bill 63 would update Ohio’s process, as has been done in nearly half of the other U.S. states, by creating a secure, online voter registration system in addition to the current paper process.
The traditional paper registration system would still remain an option for voters who prefer that method under LaRose’s plan.
“Online voter registration will improve the accuracy of our voter records, reduce the potential for fraud and protect voter privacy, all while reducing costs to the taxpayer,” said LaRose. “Most importantly, online registration will be more convenient for Ohio’s citizens, thus increasing citizens' access to the ballot box, which is a victory for good government and a victory for democracy."
Twenty-four states have already authorized an online registration system, including Illinois, Indiana, Virginia, West Virginia and New York.
Data suggests an online registration system can save the state between 50 cents and $1.00 on each registration. In a December 2014 publication, the non-partisan National Conference on State Legislatures reported the State of Arizona saved 80 cents per voter registration after switching to online registration.
The three states with the longest history of electronic voter registration, Arizona, Washington and Kansas, have found no report of fraudulent activity or security threats. The modernized registration process also promises to aid in creating more accurate voter rolls by reducing the possibility of clerical and human errors.
Online voter registration has been a top priority for Secretary of State Jon Husted and the Ohio Association of Elections Officials (OAEO), which is a bi-partisan group of elections administration officers from across the state.
Senate Bill 63 received its first consideration by the upper chamber during Wednesday’s session and will soon be referred to a Senate Committee for further deliberation. 

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