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Paperless Voter Registration

Over the last two decades, the Internet has changed many aspects of American life. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, in 1995, only about 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. were going online. But by mid-2011, the number had grown to more than 78 percent of American adults. Among 18-29-year olds, 94 percent were Internet users.

Given this now broad access and substantial recent growth, 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. Engaging new voters is important because an estimated 51 million eligible Americans remain unregistered to vote.

Online 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 young Americans into the electoral process.

 



PAPERLESS REGISTRATION RESOURCES

Report

 

Voter Registration Modernization and the NVRA: How Paperless Information Technologies Can Help States Better Implement the National Voter Registration Act. Steven Rosenfeld. July 2010.

Case Study

Paperless Voter Registration: Innovations in Three States. Steven Rosenfeld. January 2010.

Fact Sheet

Paperless Voter Registration Benefits. September 2010.

Model Bill

Paperless Voter Registration Model Bill. February 2011.

Model Testimony

Paperless Voter Registration Model Testimony. February 2011.

Media

PRESS RELEASE: Voter Registration Drives Go Paperless with New Software for iPad and Other Mobile Devices. April 2010.

PROJECT VOTE BLOG: Paperless Voter Registration.

Additional Links

REPORT: Voter Registration in a Digital Age. Brennan Center for Justice. July 2010.

REPORT: Modernizing Voter Registration: Momentum in the States. Brennan Center for Justice. March 2010.

 

 
 

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