Ohio Senator Frank LaRose (R-Copley Township) today testified in the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee on legislation aimed at expanding voter access and convenience by allowing Ohioans to register to vote online.

Senate Bill 63, authored by LaRose, passed the Senate with bipartisan support. The bill would authorize the Ohio Secretary of State to implement a secure online voter registration system. The new system would give Ohio voters the option of submitting a simple form online while maintaining the option of registering to vote by paper.

"Online voter registration will achieve major cost savings while improving convenience for voters and helping to eliminate fraud," said LaRose. "I'd like to thank my colleagues in the Ohio House for giving this initiative consideration as I believe Ohio voters deserve the convenience, accessibility and efficiency it will provide."

The online voter registration system would instantly cross-check with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles' internal database, preventing fraud by verifying citizenship and other necessary information. Currently, Ohio voters can update their voting address online, but new registrations must still be completed by paper under current law. From 2010 to 2012, estimates show, Ohio could have saved as much as $3 million dollars from processing registrations online.

"By modernizing our registration process, Ohio will join the majority of states that offer this convenient option to their voters," said LaRose.

31 other states already allow online voter registration, including Arizona where voters have registered to vote online for more than a decade.

Senator LaRose is joined by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, 75 counties in Ohio and countless bipartisan organizations in calling for online voter registration.

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