Bill to let Ohioans register online to vote passes presidential swing state's Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohioans could register online to vote under a measure passed by the swing state's Senate.

The bill approved on a 31-1 vote Wednesday would direct Ohio's elections chief to create a secure, online registration process for voters. Applicants would need to provide an Ohio driver's license or state ID card number.

Currently, Ohio voters can update their addresses online but can't register.

A Senate panel revised the measure earlier Wednesday to allow residents to declare their political party affiliation when registering to vote or changing their addresses. Voters now declare their affiliations by casting a ballot in a primary. Ohioans could still choose to remain unaffiliated.

Another change would invalidate the entire bill if a court strikes down any piece of it.

It now goes to the House for consideration.

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