COLUMBUS—State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) today announced the Senate unanimously passed legislation to encourage Ohioans to register to vote and participate in the democratic process.
 
Senate Bill 169 emphasizes to all Ohioans the importance of registering to vote and ensures that Ohio recognizes Voter Registration Awareness Day on the same day established as National Voter Registration Day by the National Association of Secretaries of State. 
 
National Voter Registration Day occurred yesterday. In 2008, it was estimated that six million Americans did not vote because they missed the registration deadline or were not familiar with the process of registering to vote. LaRose wants that statistic to change starting now and has been working to ensure that every citizen is aware of how to register and how to vote in Ohio. On this day, each year, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from across the United States "hit the streets" for National Voter Registration Day. The purpose of this day is to coordinate field, technology and media efforts to create awareness of voter registration opportunities and reach unregistered voters with information. 

 “Thousands of Ohioans need to register each year or update their registration address to assure that their voice is heard on election day.” said LaRose. “By working to commemorate this day at the state level, we are encouraging Ohioans to exercise their right to vote and to play a pivotal role in the democratic process. I appreciate the group of community leaders who brought this proposal to my attention as a way to encourage voter participation across Ohio.”

This legislation serves as a complement to Senate Bill 63, a law which LaRose authored providing Ohioans the option of registering to vote online beginning in 2017.  The deadline to register to vote for this November's election is October 11, 2016. Ohioans can get the forms they need to register by visiting MyOhioVote.com or by visiting their county board of elections. They can also update their address at MyOhioVote.com. Ohioans can find events like voter registration drives coordinated through this national effort at http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/.

This legislation will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives.
 
 
 
 
  
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