Senator LaRose’s Online Voter Registration Bill Signed into Law

COLUMBUS—State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) today joined Governor John Kasich, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and local election officials for the signing of legislation to establish a statewide system of online voter registration in Ohio.

Senate Bill 63, sponsored by LaRose, is the result of an extensive effort to expand voter access and convenience by allowing Ohioans to register to vote online. LaRose originally introduced legislation to establish online voter registration in 2013.

Previously, Ohio voters could only go online to update their voting address, not submit a new voter registration. Estimates indicate that from 2010 to 2012, Ohio could have saved as much as $3 million dollars from processing registrations online.

“The establishment of online voter registration is a major victory for voter access and efficiency,” said LaRose. “By modernizing our voter registration system, we are dramatically improving convenience for the average voter while helping our state and local governments save money and keep accurate records. We’re also taking an important step to improve the integrity of the voter registration process and prevent fraud.”

The new law directs the Ohio Secretary of State to implement a secure online voter registration system that will instantly cross-check with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ internal database, preventing fraud by verifying citizenship and other necessary information. Once the new law takes effect, Ohioans will have the option of registering to vote online or by paper.

“As Ohio joins the 37 other states that already allow online voter registration, this modernization will only enhance public confidence in the security of our voting procedures. Even states like Arizona, where voters have registered to vote online for more than a decade, have not experienced a single incidence of voter fraud or security breaches as a result of online voter registration,” added LaRose.

In addition to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and 76 counties in Ohio, organizations including Pew Charitable Trusts, Bipartisan Policy Center, County Commissioners Association of Ohio, ACLU of Ohio, League of Women Voters of Ohio, Project Vote, Fair Elections Legal Network, Ohio Council on Uniform State Laws, Ohio Voice and a large number of veterans groups have also expressed strong support for the legislation.

“Bringing online voter registration to Ohio represents years of bipartisan collaboration. This effort would not have been possible without the hard work and input of interested groups from around the state,” added LaRose. “I’m grateful to my colleagues in the House and Senate for passing the legislation I sponsored with strong support and to Governor Kasich and Secretary Husted for recognizing its impact.”

From a press release originally posted on ohiosenate.gov/larose

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