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Online Voter Registration is Popular in Other States

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The Ohio legislature is considering proposals that would allow online voter registration -- similar to popular online registration in other states.

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 8:30 am

A member of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration says other states that have had that option available for years find people use it often to update their voter registrations or register for the first time.

Tammy Patrick says experience shows online registration does not benefit one political party over another.

"The voters who are using the system mirror your existing voter registration demographics," Patrick said. "So if you are more of a red state or more of a blue state, your online registration is going to be used by more D’s or R’s, depending on what you already have in place. So it’s not an advantage or disadvantage for either party. Everyone kind of benefits from it."

Patrick says online voter registration is available in more than a dozen states throughout the country. And in Washington State, residents can register to vote on Facebook.

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