Ohio legislation to consider changes to voter registration, verification (SB186)

Senate Bill 186, a bill of significant size and impact that addresses voter verification and registration is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday, but its bipartisan sponsors are calling for a short delay.

The bill was introduced in August by State Sens. Vernon Sykes (Akron-D) and Nathan Manning (North Ridgeville-R). About three weeks later, it was assigned to the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee. It was supposed to get its first hearing in front of the committee on Tuesday, but according to Sykes, a delay has been requested in order to hear from more interested parties.

Despite not having a single hearing yet, the bill has gone through several changes, according to Sykes.

The general basics of the bill have stayed the same, however. It seeks to change how voter registration is conducted and updated through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, primarily.