Fixing the Vote

Fixing the Vote

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.


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.

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