YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A proposal in Ohio would let residents register to vote online, but not until after this fall’s presidential election.
On Tuesday, a House committee decided to change the bill’s effective date to next year.
At least 31 states offer online voter registration, and Ohio will join them but not until next year.
“This would ease our process. The information would be correct on the form once they fill it out online. And we’re in the 21st century, and it’s time we move into the 21st century,” said Mahoning County Board of Elections Director Joyce Kale-Pesta.
The proposal creates a secure online registration process, available at your fingertips. Applicants would need to provide a driver’s license or Ohio I.D. Card number, along with other information.
“Security will be the biggest issue that we would be dealing with, but the secretary of state and the law makers have put provisions into the bill that would prevent that,” said Kale-Pesta.
“By doing this online I think it will make it easier for high schools and colleges to conduct online voter registration drives. So I think overall it’s a good thing,” said Mahoning County Board of Elections Deputy Director Tom McCabe.
Local residents also believe this will be a great way to get the younger generation to register to vote.
“I think it’s a good idea, even though I never knew the idea existed,” said Richard Dezsi of Youngstown.
“I think it’s a great idea, and yes young people will do it, they are always on computers. So yeah, I think it’s a great idea.” said Angela McGee of Youngstown.
None of the states that currently offer online registration have ever reported a security breach or fraudulent activity. The committee’s chairman said he expects the panel to vote on the bill next week.