IV. Legislative Update
Ohio: Sen. Nina Turner, who recently lost a bid to become Ohio’s secretary of state testified this week on several pieces of election-related bills that she said would ensure that all eligible ballots are counted. Among other things, SB20 would allow for online voter registration, clarified standards on absentee/provisional ballots and a uniform number of early voting days; SB110 would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote; and SB146 would call for increased training for registrations done through the state DMV.
Oklahoma: State Sen. Randy Bass (D-Lawton) plans to introduce legislation when the 2015 session kicks off to allow Oklahomans to register online to vote. Rules Committee Chairwoman Sen. A.J. Griffin, R-Guthrie, said she would need to see cost estimates and have assurances the online database was secure before she agreed to grant the bill a hearing.