It is my goal as your state representative to continue to better Ohio for our community whether that is by saving money, creating more efficient methods or making necessary changes to current processes to ensure Ohio is moving forward. Senate Bill 63, which will allow citizens to register to vote online, achieves this goal, and I look forward to seeing it improve our state’s election process.

Anyone who registers to vote using the simple online form will undoubtedly benefit from its convenience. There will now be no need to drive to the local Board of Election during business hours to register. Instead, Ohioans can register to vote on their own time, in their own homes.

Senate Bill 63 not only brings convenience to our lives, but can save taxpayer dollars as well. PEW Charitable Trusts estimated that boards of elections could save between 50 cents and $2.34 per online submission when compared to the more traditional form of registering by paper.

The online process will also continue to protect the integrity of voter registration by matching each online application with data from the BMV to ensure no fraudulent applications exist. If citizens choose to register online, they will need to provide their name, address, date of birth, last four digits of their Social Security number, and Ohio Driver’s License or state identification card number.

Security and accuracy are of utmost importance when putting new processes into place, and my colleagues and I in the Ohio House value this. In this legislation, we have included safeguards so that the Ohio Secretary of State will be able to regularly maintain the statewide database to make certain it is operating in the most accurate and secure ways possible.

I was proud to cosponsor this legislation that earned bipartisan support in the General Assembly and was signed by the governor. The online voter registration process can begin as early as January 2017. Creating legislation that saves Ohioans time and money is always a step in the right direction. Senate Bill 63 achieves these goals by making this process simpler and more convenient at a lower cost without compromising the security of voter registration.

If you have any questions about this legislation or other state related issues, please contact me at or 614-466-8134.  

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