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Ohio Lawmakers Push for Online Voter Registration, Absentee Ballot Request

COLUMBUS (James Jackson/Dominique Mondon) -- Ohioans may soon be able to register to vote with the click of a mouse.

A proposal in the state Senate would allow voters to register and request absentee ballots online.

The proposal is backed by Secretary of State Jon Husted, who says it would improve voter access and save the state money. It is estimated that online registration could save the state 50 cents to $1 per voter.

Online voter registration was part of an election bill two years ago that did not pass when lawmakers questioned the security of information exchanged on the web.

Husted says all information is secure, but the option to register using the paper-based system would still be available.

Voters can currently update their addresses on the Internet a change that was made last year.

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