Online Voter Registration in 21 States
Online voter registration became a reality in 2002, when Arizona became the first state to offer the service to its citizens. Since then, an additional 27 states have enacted online voter registration for residents, with 20 of those providing the service.
To learn about the availability of online voter registration in your state, check this link current to July 1, 2015 from the National Conference of State Legislatures, NCSL.
Why Would States Want to Offer Online Voter Registration?
The convenience of online registration for the citizenry comes to mind as the first reason a state would want to offer this service, but there are also perks to the state itself in using an online system for voter registration.
After the initial investment in developing an online registration system, Arizona and Washington, the first states to offer this service, reported a savings of $0.80 per registration application . In addition, most online state systems for this have eliminated the need to generate any paperwork; the systems are seamless and everything is accomplished via computer.
How Safe Is Your Information?
The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that none online voter registration systems in place have been known to occur. To learn what your particular state is doing to protect your information in online voter registration, the United States Election Assistance Commission provides this interactive map with the information for each state's Board of Elections.
Online Voter Registration -- Is It for You?
Internet-based voter registration may not appeal to you -- or be available in your state at this time. If you or someone you know would benefit from being able to complete voter registration in the privacy of your home, the U.S. Vote Foundation provides both voter registration and absentee ballot requests for every state, for people both home and abroad. This site is a one-stop shop not only to have the paperwork sent to you for voter registration, but it provides information on your state's requirements to be able to register, deadlines for registering for a particular election, and more.
Both the option of online registration and applying for such registration at home may be appealing to people for a number of reasons. Both are practical options for those who may be home-bound (they can then vote by absentee ballot), those with limited transportation or busy schedules.
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