State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today responded to the legislature’s approval of Senate Bill 96, a bill that allows full online voter registration in 2017. The Euclid lawmaker also commented on the federal courts striking down Ohio Republicans’ restrictions on voting and registering to vote on the same day in Ohio, or “golden week.”  

“With federal courts today finding Republican efforts to restrict voting violated the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act, we should be very attentive to the details of bills claiming to modernize or reform voting in Ohio, especially when such bills have the same author,” said Smith. “With that in mind, I am disappointed that today’s legislation prevents online registration from taking place until 2017. The technology exists to implement online voter registration right now.

“Since voters chose this General Assembly, this General Assembly should respect those same Ohio voters and reflect upon the notion that our nation’s most fundamental freedom allows men and women, rich and poor, black and white to have an equal say in the direction of their country. In that spirit, we should work to increase participation in our democratic process,” Smith added.

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