If Ohio is going to implement online voter registration, it should be delayed until after the presidential election, the leader of a coalition that includes a religious group and tea party activists told lawmakers Tuesday. The website could be hacked, and thus it’s a poor decision to try to implement online voter registration during a high-volume, high-stakes presidential election, Christopher Long, president of the Ohio Christian Alliance, told a House committee. But lawmakers in both parties pushed back against his concerns. Rep. Louis “Bill” Blessing, R-Cincinnati, questioned if any other states have encountered security issues with their online systems.
Long, whose group also has pushed for photo ID requirements, responded that Ohio’s status as a presidential battleground would make it a target for hackers to disrupt the state’s election system or commit voter fraud.
“Those websites (in other states) may not receive the attention that this website will receive,” he said. “There’s just not enough time on the calendar to implement this and get it right.”