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Proposed Online Voter Registration Bill would automate voter rolls (VIDEO)

Secretary of State Frank LaRose said a working group would write a bill in which state agencies would use personal information to automatically register and update voter rolls. He didn't say if the change would come before 2020.

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COLUMBUS—State Senator Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) joined Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Representative Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) for a press conference at 2:00 p.m. to announce an initiative that would change Ohio's voter registration to an opt-out system. 

LaRose said a working group would be formed to write the legislation, which would use information collected when a person interacts with unrelated state agencies to register voters and automatically update the voter information, unless someone declines.

He did not say whether the changes would be made in time for the 2020 election. Ohio’s current law,  upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018, allows the state to cancel voter registrations of people who do not return a signed confirmation form and have not voted in two federal election cycles.  

The working group, which needs to be completed, includes Manning and Sweeney. LaRose said the group would have to figure out details of the legislation, including a way non-citizens could refuse registration when they deal with state agencies in a way that would not disclose their immigration status.

“We can make it a friendly process,” LaRose said. 

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