COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans could register to vote and request an absentee ballot online under a state legislative proposal.
The measure from Sen. Frank LaRose also would let Ohio’s elections chief work with other states to share information to help maintain voter rolls.
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) backs online voter registration. He praised the bill’s introduction Thursday, saying it will improve voter access and save the state money.
Husted’s 2014 Democratic challenger also supports many of the bill’s concepts. State Sen. Nina Turner of Cleveland says other updates to Ohio’s election process should be considered, such as Election Day registration.
Online registration was part of a contentious election bill in 2011 but was later repealed.
Currently, voters can update their addresses over the Internet under changes Husted made last year.