Ohio panel moves to delay online voter signup until 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A proposal to let Ohioans register to vote online next year could see a possible vote by a legislative panel.

The House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee recently changed the bill to push back the effective date until after the November presidential election.

The committee also scrapped a provision allowing Ohioans to declare their political party affiliation when registering to vote or updating their addresses. Voters currently are considered affiliated with the party whose ballot they last cast in a primary.

The committee could vote on the bill Tuesday afternoon.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted has expressed disappointment over the delayed effective date, but he says moving the bill is good for voters.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says at least 31 states offer online voter registration.

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