If you want to register to vote in Ohio, you need to go to your local election board to do that. But a bill by Republican State Senator Frank LaRose would allow Ohioans to register to vote online. It would also give voters the opportunity to request an absentee ballot online. And it would use technology to improve the exchange of voter data among states and state agencies. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted says this is a good bill.
Almost 1.9 million Ohioans voted with an absentee ballot in last year's election - a record number for the perennial presidential battleground state.
Secretary of State Jon Husted released reports Wednesday showing that roughly 33 percent of the more than 5.6 million votes cast in the November election were from absentee ballots. The early ballots accounted for about 30 percent of the overall votes cast in 2008.
Voters in Ohio can cast an absentee ballot early by mail or in person without giving any reason.
Elections officials in Miami county say a ballot vendor is to blame for a pair of absentee ballot problems that affect more than 240 voters.
The Miami County Board of Elections says more than 200 voters in the area north of Dayton were accidentally sent two absentee ballots each instead of one. The Dayton Daily News reports board staff were calling those voters to apologize for the error and advise them to vote only one ballot and return the other.
Voter rights groups in Ohio are raising questions about an order from the state's elections chief that bans local election boards from calling or emailing people about errors on their absentee ballots.
The directive from Secretary of State Jon Husted requires boards to notify voters by mail if their ballots are invalid. Voters would then need to appear at their board during office hours to address any problems. He's also told boards to provide accommodations for the disabled.
Early in-person voting begins tomorrow (Tuesday) in Ohio, at the same time county board of elections are preparing to mail out hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the big demands of an upcoming big election.