Ohio Senate Axes Online Voter Registration Plan

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that would eliminate a plan to allow Ohioans to register to vote and update their addresses online.

The provisions were part of an elections overhaul law signed July 1 by Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik). That law also requires voters to give their full Social Security numbers when casting provisional ballots and requires the full numbers if voters choose to use them as identifications when registering to vote.

The Ohio Senate voted 29-0 to toss out the online provisions and the full Social Security requirements. The House would have to agree to the changes.

The changes came in a bill the Senate passed that would also let members of the military and Ohioans overseas apply for and receive absentee ballots by email or online.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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