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Fixing the Vote

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State lawmakers should speed consideration of election reforms that would permit online voter registration, fight fraud, save money and spare Ohio from lawsuits in the 2012 national elections.

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In Maricopa County, Ariz., home to Phoenix, processing an online application costs about 3 cents; processing a paper application cost 83 cents, according to a study released last year by the Pew Center on the States.

Researchers for the nonpartisan think tank also studied online voting in Washington; counties in that state saved between 50 cents and $2 for each application processed online. Voters overwhelming liked the online systems, and election officials cited improved accuracy when voters directly entered their data.

Read the full editorial at dispatch.com.