- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Residents in swing state Ohio could register to vote online under separate proposals introduced in the Legislature.

One measure from state Sen. Frank LaRose would direct the state to implement an online registration system. Residents could also still register using the current paper process.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) has long supported online voter registration. He praised the Senate bill’s introduction Wednesday, saying in a statement that it would save the state money.

State Rep. Michael Stinziano, a Columbus Democrat, has introduced a similar bill in the House.

Online registration was part of a contentious election bill in 2011 but was later repealed. Currently, Ohio voters can update their addresses on the Internet.

LaRose, a Copley Republican, says in a statement that 24 states have authorized online registration.


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