COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed Amended Substitute Senate Bill 200, legislation that modifies the law pertaining to the Statewide Voter Registration Database and electronic voting machines. The legislation passed with bipartisan support.


Among other provisions, Am. Sub. S.B. 200:
• Clarifies that the Office of the Secretary of State must administer the statewide voter registration database.
• Requires the Secretary of State to ensure that any information or data provided to the Secretary of State by another agency that is confidential while in the possession of the agency providing the information or data remains confidential while in the possession of the Secretary of State.
• Requires state agencies, including the Department of Health, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Department of Job and Family Services, and the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, to provide any information and data to the Secretary of State that is collected in the course of normal business and is necessary to register to vote, to update an elector's registration, or to maintain the statewide voter registration database.
• Requires a board of elections to contact a registered elector pursuant to those rules to verify the accuracy of information in the statewide voter registration database, if information received from another agency identifies a discrepancy between the information maintained in the database and information maintained by the other agency.
• Reduces the minimum number of direct recording electronic voting machines that a county must have if it chooses to use those machines as the primary voting system in the county.


“This legislation aims to achieve more accurate election records by sharing certain voter registration information between state agencies,” said Rep. Hill. “Any discrepancies should now be able to be discovered and remedied more quickly. These long-needed changes should clean up the election process a bit.”


Am. Sub. S.B. 200 has received the support of the League of Women Voters and the Ohio Association of Election Officials.


The legislation will now move to Governor Kasich for his signature.

 
 
 
  
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