Stinziano To Reintroduce Online Voter Registration Bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio --  Ohio will be able to join a majority of states and move its voter registration system into the modern era by providing qualified citizens the opportunity to register to vote and update their registration information on the Internet, state Rep. Michael Stinziano says.

Stinziano, a Columbus Democrat and a former director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, said he plans to soon reintroduce legislation that would do just that.

Under the proposal, Ohio would join 25 other states offering some form of online voter registration or that have passed enabling legislation that is soon to be implemented.

Stinziano’s proposal would provide for an online process of voter registration through the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office. The proposal would also allow registered voters to update their addresses if they move. The process would include crosschecking supplied information with data from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, ensuring that the voter registration system is safe, secure and efficient.

“This common-sense reform will save taxpayers money and will modernize our elections system and cut down on errors in voter registration,” said Stinziano, who is also an election-law attorney.

The secretary of state’s office has created an online change of address system, however, provision for it does not exist explicitly in state law.

Stinziano introduced similar legislation in the last two-year session of the Legislature that ended in December.