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Ohio may open the internet for voter registration
Akron state Sen. LaRose sponsors a bill backed by Ohio's secretary of state

Kabir Bhatia
LaRose says checks and balances would be in place
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A bill sponsored by an Akron state senator would allow Ohio voters to register to vote and request absentee ballots online.  Frank LaRose says his bill would let elections boards check voter registrations against state records.

His idea is getting support from Secretary of State John Husted, who says it modernizes the old paper system.

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“People would write the information on a registration card.  Then somebody would have to type it in.  Then that made it subject to having mistakes and errors.  And then there was no database to check it against.  Now we can check a voter’s registration validity instantaneously.” 

Husted says online registration and absentee ballots are a logical next step. The state already allows voters to update their addresses online.

He estimates the new option will save the state between 50 cents and a dollar for every person who registers.

State Sen. Nina Turner, who's running against Husted next year, also says the legislation is a good idea. But she’ll be looking for details that could make online registration more difficult.

Turner also plans to ask the group charged with modernizing the Ohio Constitution to consider asking voters to approve same-day registration and voting on Election Day.

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