Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted said Jan. 14 he’ll continue to push to allow Ohioans to register electronically to vote and for a system that will enable those casting ballots by mail to track their submissions online. Husted offered the recommendations during the winter conference of the Ohio Association of Election Officials, where he recapped election-related accomplishments of the last year and gave a snapshot of some of his priorities in advance of the 2016 presidential contest. Husted continued to call for state lawmakers to pass legislation to allow voters to register online. Eligible residents already can update their information via the secretary of state’s website.
More than half of voters nationally can register online, he said, adding that his early discussions about the issue with lawmakers have been more promising than past sessions. “My early conversations have been a bit more optimistic than I would have said they were in the past,” he said.
Husted also wants to enable Ohioans to track their mail-in absentee ballots online, a way to ensure their submissions are received by boards of elections. The state already provides ballot tracking for military voters, and some counties provide the service for their residents.