Online Registration

Registration as Close as Your Keyboard

The Internet has the potential to be an important tool to engage new voters, particular young people, and to make it easier for all voters to remain engaged in the process.

IMG_0592BOnline voter registration is a promising and forward-looking method for states to expand the options available to eligible citizens to register to vote.

As states increasingly add online voter registration to the mix, legislators should construct a system that maximizes the number of eligible citizens who can take advantage of the opportunity to register online and keep their information updated.

As online registration becomes more widely available, it will continue to increase the accuracy of the voter rolls, reduce costs, and bring more Americans into the electoral process.

Policy Paper: Online Voter Registration

This paper defines online voter registration and discusses its numerous benefits. In addition, it raises potential concerns with online voter registration, and provides recommendations for implementing it in a manner that maximizes its reach and does not create inequities as it solves other problems. Read more

Fact Sheet: Online Voter Registration

This fact sheet provides an overview on the benefits of Online Voter Registration, and addresses concerns that should be addressed when implementing such a system. Read more

Model Bill: Online Voter Registration

This document provides a template for lawmakers and other interested parties to draft bills in support of online voter registration. Read more

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Fact Sheet: Online Voter Registration in the States

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To date, 34 states allow individuals to register to vote completely electronically. Five states have passed legislation to enable online voter registration in the near future, and several states have pending online voter registration legislation. Read more

How Voter Fraud Claims Justify Voter Suppression After the Election

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Instead of building safeguards and protecting eligible Americans’ right to vote, these lawmakers and partisans are using the last weeks of 2016 to willfully try to weaken our democracy. Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities Update

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While advocates and lawmakers have slowly worked over the last 50-plus years to make the democratic process more inclusive, efficient, and modern, the future of voting rights remains uncertain under Trump. Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities Update

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In 2016, the trend in voting bills has been towards modernizing the voter registration process to make voting more accessible. But the threat from lawmakers to pass laws that make it harder for citizens to vote remains, and this will be the first election cycle in fifty years without the protections of the Voting Rights Act. Read more

Expanding Opportunities to Register to Vote Online

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While 38 states and the District of Columbia have created, or are creating, opportunities for their residents to register to vote online, only a handful have online systems that are fully accessible to all their residents. Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities Update

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Voter registration is the first step to participating in democracy. In 2016, many states proposed new laws that, if passed, would affect a citizen’s access to voter registration and ultimately, the ballot box in November. Read more

Bridging the Latino Voter Registration Gap Is More Crucial Than Ever

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Twenty-three million Latinos are currently eligible to vote in the United States, but less than 14 million are registered, according to a new report by the NALEO Educational Fund yesterday. Read more

Online Registration Bill is Moving, but Ohioans Won’t See Benefits Until 2017

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After a year of stalling, the Ohio House committee finally voted to move an online voter registration bill forward, but there's one catch: the bill won't go in effect before the 2016 elections. Read more

Wisconsin throws up major voter registration hurdle

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law that could make it much harder for the poor and minorities to register to vote in the pivotal swing state just as the 2016 election approaches. Read more

Wisconsin Republicans’ Latest Policy Initiative: Making It Harder for Poor People to Vote

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"Wisconsin will soon have a fully modernized voter registration system...Perhaps not accidentally, the bill will also make it more difficult for poor people to register." Read more