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Automatic Voter Registration Ballot Effort Cleared By Attorney General

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
John Minchillo
Associated Press

The Ohio Attorney General has cleared the language for a proposal to update Ohio's voter registration system. It now goes to the Ohio Ballot Board for approval before organizers can begin collecting signatures.

Ohioans for Secure and Fair Elections is the group hoping to streamline how people register and receive ballots. The group's proposal would automatically register Ohioans to vote when conducting business at state Bureau of Motor Vehicle offices.

The measure would also allow eligible Ohioans to register and cast a ballot on the same day during early voting and on Election Day, establish 28 days of early voting, require 12 hours of in-person early voting on the last two weekends before an election. It would also require election audits.

Attorney General Dave Yost on Thursday certified the petition's summary language and the validity of its initial 1,000 signatures.