COLUMBUS– The Ohio Senate today passed Senate Bill 200, sponsored by Senator Joe Uecker (R–Miami Township), which modifies Ohio’s election law to create more accurate voter registration rolls.
 
The legislation clarifies the current requirement that the Ohio Secretary of State maintain a statewide voter registration database. The bill also requires other state agencies such as the Ohio Department of Health and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to begin sharing data with the Secretary so the voter registrations can be cross-checked for accuracy.
 
“Free and fair elections are among those sacred pieces of our government that make America great,” said Uecker. “We have a responsibility to provide the citizens of Ohio with an accurate and efficient elections system and Senate Bill 200 is another step in accomplishing that mission.”
 
If the Secretary of State’s database identifies an inconsistency in a voter’s record through the data provided by other state agencies, the bill instructs the Secretary to direct that inconsistency to a local board of elections to be resolved. The bill does not allow the Secretary of State or the Board of Elections to alter a voter’s registration without their consent simply based on a discrepancy identified by the database.
 
The legislation is supported by both the Ohio Association of Elected Officials and the Ohio League of Women Voters.
 
Senate Bill 200 will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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