Senator Frank LaRose discusses how his legislation will improve the ease of voting and provide new safeguards against fraud.
COLUMBUS—As we change our calendars to reflect the New Year, the state of Ohio will be launching a new system that will provide Ohioans the ability to complete their voter registration online. After the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, voters will have the ability to use a more secure and convenient online voter registration system as part of an extensive legislative effort led by State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) aimed at expanding voter access, convenience and security.


"Ohio's new online voter registration system will make registering to vote more convenient, while saving millions in taxpayer dollars and helping state and county elections officials to keep more accurate records," said Senator LaRose.

Previously, voters could only change their voting address online, but were stuck with having to navigate the antiquated paper method as the only option for new registrations. The new system is expected to save the Ohio's taxpayers millions of dollars in reduced administrative costs associated with processing paper registration forms. 

More secure than paper registration alone, the new online system will immediately check a voter’s eligibility prior to accepting the registration. With an automated system, the risk of human error is also significantly reduced. Ohioans will still have the option of registering to vote using the paper form.

Ohio's secure online system cross-checks the provided voter information with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles' internal database to verify citizenship and other required information.

"I’m grateful to Secretary of State Jon Husted and his staff for the good work they have done to implement this legislation in the New Year," added LaRose.

Thirty-eight states have authorized online voter registration systems. In Arizona, where a secure online system has been in place for more than a decade, not a single incidence of voter fraud or security breaches have occurred as a result of online voter registration.  Implementation of online voter registration was among the top priorities of the bipartisan Commission on Election Administration.

"The launch of Ohio's online voter registration on January 1 is the culmination of years of bipartisan collaboration. This effort would not have been possible without the hard work and input of interested groups from across the state," added LaRose.

In addition to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and 76 counties in Ohio, organizations including Pew Charitable Trusts, Bipartisan Policy Center, the Ohio Association of Election Officials, 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 expressed strong support for Senate Bill 63. 
 
More information on how to register to vote using Ohio's new secure and convenient online voter registration system is available at MyOhioVote.com.

 
 
 
  
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