State would move to automatic voter registration under plan

Voting booth, Photo Date: November 5, 2012 / Cropped Photo: Lindsay D’Addato / WyoFile / CC BY 2.0 / (MGN)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio would join 15 other states with opt-out voter registration under a proposal spearheaded by the state's elections chief.

It's part of a package of election law changes Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose tapped a working group to hammer out within the next few months. He joined lawmakers of both parties in announcing the group Wednesday.

LaRose wants voting-eligible Ohioans to be automatically registered to vote when they file taxes, renew a driver's license, get a fishing license or have some other interaction with a state agency, unless they proactively opt out.

He also supports requiring state agencies to tell his office when a voter updates their address. He says the expanded information sharing would help avoid future voter purges like those civil-rights groups have unsuccessfully challenged in court.

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