Online voter registration time is right

Ohioans can do a variety of things from the comfort and convenience of their homes, providing they have computers with Internet connections. They can send money and get money. They can buy things and sell things. They can obtain mortgages and insurance.

But they cannot register to vote.

At one time, the potential for vote fraud may have been an acceptable reason for that. A variety of safeguards against it are available now, however.

State senators have already approved a bill that would allow online voter registration. A similar bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives. Hearings on the measure are being conducted this week.

Under the bill, Ohio’s chief elections officer, the secretary of state, would be directed to create an online voter registration system. Security measures would be required and would include a requirement those using the system provide driver’s license or state identification card numbers.

Lawmakers should approve the bill and send it to Gov. John Kasich for his signature. Buckeye State residents should not be stuck with 19th century limits on registering to vote.