State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the formal introduction of House Bill 181, the Registration Modernization Act, which will modernize voter registration in Ohio and potentially add over 1 million people to the voting rolls. The bill was referred to the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee of which Rep. Clyde is the ranking minority member.
“I am proud to offer HB 181, the Registration Modernization Act, to make the first step to the ballot box much easier for all Ohioans,” said Rep. Clyde. “There is a wide gap between the haves and have-nots in this country and voting access should not fall into that gap. We can move toward greater equality and a healthier democracy by welcoming and empowering every Ohioan to vote.”
The Registration Modernization Act will do the following:
- Automatically register to vote all Ohioans with a drivers’ license or state ID.
- Automatically register to vote all Ohioans who interact with Jobs and Family Services offices and other agencies designated by the federal Motor Voter law.
- Automatically register to vote all graduating Ohio high school students who are eligible to vote.
- Allow every person 21 days to opt out of voter registration in person or by mail.
- Provide online voter registration for all eligible Ohioans, not just those with a photo ID.
- Potentially add over 1 million eligible Ohioans to the voting rolls and update thousands more.
- Fix Ohio’s long-standing failure to comply with the federal Motor Voter law.
The bill is modeled on voter registration modernizing provisions passed by the House six years ago in House Bill 260 as well as the recent Automatic Registration legislation adopted by the state of Oregon.
Sen. Kenny Yuko has introduced a companion bill, SB 158, in the Senate.