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Ohio Democrat explores ways to increase voter participation
State Rep. Kathleen Clyde says Ohio is looking to increase the number of voters registered under the federal Motor Voter law
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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State Representative Kathleen Clyde says that registration rates are going down at public agencies in Ohio.
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A panel of people concerned about voting procedures in Ohio is looking at ways to increase voter participation under the federal Motor Voter law. Democratic State Rep. Kathleen Clyde says Ohio lags behind when compared with other states.

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“We are registering far fewer people at our BMVs in Ohio than other similar-sized states – hundreds of thousands fewer. We are having data transfer problems when people update their voter registration online using the BMV system. ... We are seeing some people who think they are registered using that system and find out that their record has just been discarded. We are seeing registration rates going down at our public agencies in Ohio. That’s also a key part of the Motor Voter National Registration Act.”

Clyde says she’s hoping to put some of the ideas that come out of this conference into legislation soon.

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