COLUMBUS, Ohio (WYTV) – You can do almost anything online now-a-days: order food from a restaurant, go on a shopping spree, travel the world, and soon you may even be able to register to vote.
So far 20 states have taken in the ways of online voting registration. Seven more, plus the District of Columbia have passed legislation to create it but have not yet applied it. Ohio could soon be next.
Ohio’s Secretary of State said on Wednesday that he stands fully behind the proposal, and if the measure is ready and Senate leaders agree, legislation could get a vote as early as next week.
The system of online registration requires applicants to provide an Ohio driver’s license or state ID card number to register. If you don’t have either, you won’t be able to register digitally.
This is the same method used in every other state that offers the new technique and is one of the ways to ensure system security and prevent fraud. Other security approaches that are used, include having registrants provide the last four digits of their social security number, applying “captcha” boxes, which make users decode an image that a computer cannot, and the use of encrypted data.
Convenience isn’t the only plus when it comes to online registration. It also has the ability to save states a significant amount of money.
In 2010 Arizona saw a reduction in per-registration costs from 83 cents per-paper registration, to 3 cents per-online registration. Since then, other states have also experienced significant cost savings.
Ohio’s neighboring state, West Virginia is even thinking about putting online registration into action as they en-acted the system two years ago, but have not yet applied it.