June 25, 2016

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State Senate panel axes online voter registration plan

COLUMBUS — A state Senate panel has moved to toss out a plan to let Ohioans register to vote online and update their addresses.

The provision was part of an elections overhaul bill signed July 1 by Gov. John Kasich. That law also requires voters to give their full Social Security numbers when casting provisional ballots and to provide the full numbers if they choose to use them when registering to vote.

A Senate committee voted today to get rid of the provision and the full Social Security requirement.

The changes were made in a bill that the committee passed, sending it to an afternoon vote by the full Senate.

The measure would let members of the military and Ohioans overseas apply for and receive absentee ballots by email or online.