Voter Registration

Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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Time is running out for Ohioans to register to vote in the November election.

The deadline to register is Oct. 5. There are three statewide issues on the ballot. Issue One changes the process for redistricting. Issue Two would make it harder for monopolies to be inserted in the constitution. And Issue three would legalize marijuana in Ohio.

Juliet Fromholt

A group of conservative Ohio lawmakers thinks it’s time the legislature pass a bill under consideration that would require voters to show a valid driver’s license or state issued photo ID before they can cast a ballot.

The Ohio House is slated to vote today on a bill to bolster the state's voter registration database.

The measure requires state agencies to share data with the secretary of state to help maintain Ohio's voter records. It also reduces the minimum number of electronic voting machines a county must have.

The Ohio Association of Election Officials supports the bill.

Today is the last day the House expects to be in session this year. Senators already have wrapped up work.

Two other election-related bills not scheduled for a vote have drawn more heated reaction.

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.