Potential changes in voter registration may be coming soon, which will add more than a million Ohioans to the state’s voter polls. Residents would be registered to vote automatically when seeking driver’s licenses or interacting with other state agencies, under legislation planned in the Ohio House and Senate. The bills also would allow online voter registration and automatically register graduating high school students.
The proposed law changes will be offered by Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, and Sen. Kenny Yuko, D-Cleveland. “It’s 2015, and with all the technology we have at our disposal, there is no good reason not to modernize our voter-registration system,” Clyde said in a press release. “We can easily make a list of all eligible voters in our state. … Ohio lags the highest-voter-turnout states by 10 percentage points. We aim to fix that.”
Deputy Director of the Miami County Board of Elections Eric Morgan said that because of how recent the proposal is, he was not entirely sure how it would affect Miami County. “I know that they’ve been talking about online voter registration for quite some time now,” he said.