Statement of State Representative Michael Stinziano Regarding Support For Paperless Voter Registration

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The following statement may be attributed in whole or in part to state Rep. Michael Stinziano in connection with Secretary of State Jon Husted’s support for Stinziano’s paperless online registration legislation:

“I am gratified to learn that Secretary of State Jon Husted supports my ongoing efforts to modernize elections by creating a paperless online voter registration system that would allow qualified Ohio citizens to be able to register to vote or to change their voter registration online.

As the former director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, I believe online voter registration would boost convenience for voters, help election boards by cutting back on data entry costs and errors, and save taxpayers’ dollars.

It is my sincere hope that my colleagues in the Ohio General Assembly support my bill.

In 2012, the Secretary of State’s online change of address system allowed more than 106,000 Ohio voters to update their addresses between August 9th and the close of voter registration, but not to register to vote.

If my bill (H.B. 78), becomes law , Ohio would join at least 14 other states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington that already offer or will soon offer a paperless online voter registration system.”