Online voter registration needed in Ohio

People registering to vote in Ohio have to do it the same way their great-great-grandparents did, by going in person to county election boards to sign up. It is time for the state to move past the horse-and-buggy days.

Buckeye State residents already can update their voter registration information online. Few glitches have been reported.

Now, in a move that might surprise Democrat candidate for president Hillary Clinton, Republican leaders are spearheading a move to allow initial voter registrations to be handled online. Clinton has accused Republicans, including those in Ohio, of attempts at “voter suppression.”

Online registration is supported widely – and it has been for the past few years. Apparently some lawmakers have been reluctant to approve the measure because of concern about vote fraud.

Secretary of State Jon Husted thinks a secure online registration system is possible. In fact, he believes it could reduce errors.

Twenty-six states either allow online registration or are preparing to implement it. Reportedly, none has encountered security problems or fraudulent activity.

Ohio lawmakers should approve the proposal this summer, to give election boards and potential voters plenty of time to take advantage before the 2016 elections.