Bill Introduced to Establish Automated Voter Registration in Ohio


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--A bill has been introduced at the Ohio statehouse that would establish an automated voter registration system.

Senate Bill 186 would utilize the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and would be available when Ohioans update their driver's license of state-issued ID.

There would also be an option to opt out of the automatic voter registrations. Ohioans are already given the option to register to vote when visiting the BMV.

Supporters of the bill say the automated system would cut down on the number of provisional ballots cast in Ohio elections.

The bill's sponsor, State Senator Vernon Sykes, hopes to have it passed by next year, in time for the state's March 2020 primary election.

The deadline to register to vote for that election is February 18th.