A group has submitted initial petition language to the attorney general’s office for a proposed constitutional amendment requiring automatic voter registration when Ohioans apply for or renew their driver’s licenses. The Ohio Motor Voter Automatic Registration amendment would register new voters and update existing ones, unless residents opt out in writing. A summary of the amendment notes that bureaus of motor vehicles already are required to ask whether patrons want to register to vote or change their voter status. The amendment would make the registrations mandatory.
Residents from Columbus, Toledo, Cincinnati and Akron are listed as the petitioners, with a Washington, D.C., law firm submitting the paperwork and 2,895 petition signatures for Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office for review.
DeWine’s office must give it’s OK, and the paperwork would have to be reviewed by the state Ballot Board before backers could begin collecting the 300,000-plus signatures required to place the amendment before voters.