Online voter registration in the 50 states

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Online voter registration in the 50 states
This page contains online voter registration information pertaining to the 50 states, up to date for the 2013 elections.

The availability of online voter registration has widely increased over the last five years. For the 2008 elections only 2 states, Arizona and Washington, offered online registration. By 2012, 13 states offered online registration. In 2012 and 2013 an additional 6 states passed legislation which, once implemented, will permit the process. 9 additional states had proposed bills in the 2013 legislative session.[1]

In a time of disagreement between the parties on numerous aspects of election law, online voter registration has supporters on both sides of the aisle. “It’s red states, blue states, small states, big states. It’s happening across the board,” said Jennie Bowser, an elections expert at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Proponents of online voter registration advocate it as a convenient, simplified and more reliable approach that brings more people into the voting process, while at the same time saving money for tax payers and cash-strapped governments. For example, the online process can reduce problems common in paper registration such as incomplete forms and errors made when officials must decipher handwritten information. Online systems that allow users to update existing records after a move also prevent polling place delays and overuse of provisional ballots. Costs savings accumulate from the simplified registration processing, the lack of printing and postage expenses, and the reduction of personnel costs for data entry. A study of Arizona's online registration system shows that processing a paper registration costs 83 cents, while an online registration costs as little as 3 cents. Maricopa County, Arizona saved $1.4 million in processing expenses between 2008 and 2013 due to the online system.[2][3][4]

Online registration has proven to be an effective tool to increase voter participation among young people. In Arizona, registration rates among 18 to 24 year olds rose from 29 to 53% after the introduction of online registration. A study in California estimated that of the 244,049 new youth registrants in the 2012 presidential election over 2008, 154,054 of them, or 63%, registered online. In Maryland, although 18-29 year olds comprised only 19% of registered voters in the state, they made up 42% of online registrants since the system became available.[3]

State-by-state-breakdown

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  • 13 states currently offer online voter registration
  • 6 states have passed authorizing legislation to implement the process
  • 2013 legislation: 9 additional states had proposed bills to permit the process


Status of Online Registration by State
State Active Online Registration Status of new bills and laws Link
Alabama No
Alaska No
Arizona Yes EZ Voter Registration
Arkansas No 2013 proposed bill HB 1650
California Yes Sect. of State
Colorado Yes Go Vote Colorado
Connecticut No passed in 2012 (HB 5024), has not yet been implemented
Delaware No1
Florida No
Georgia No passed in 2012 (SB 92), has not yet been implemented
Hawaii No passed in 2012 (HB 1755), has not yet been implemented
Idaho No
Illinois No passed in 2013 (HB 2418), not yet implemented[5][6]
Indiana Yes IndianaVoters.gov
Iowa No
Kansas Yes Vote Kansas
Kentucky No
Louisiana Yes Geaux Vote
Maine No
Maryland Yes State Board of Elections
Massachusetts No 2013 proposed bills HB 581, HB 634 and SB 313
Michigan No 2013 proposed bill SB 28
Minnesota No
Mississippi No
Missouri No 2013 proposed bill HB 232
Montana No 2013 failed bills HB 557 and SB 206
Nebraska No
Nevada Yes Sect. of State
New Hampshire No
New Jersey No 2013 proposed bills A 2870 (passed the Assembly), S 2168 and S 2170
New Mexico No passed legislation in 2013 allowing voters to update existing records electronically (HB 497), not yet implemented
New York Yes2 2013 proposed bills A 149, A 187, S 619 and S 1991 MyDMV
North Carolina No 2013 proposed bills HB 102 and SB 298
North Dakota No
Ohio No 2013 proposed bills HB 78 and SB 20
Oklahoma No
Oregon Yes 2013 proposed bill HB 2017 (allows electors who do not have an OR driver's license or ID to update existing registration records electronically) OreStar
Pennsylvania No 2013 proposed bill SB 37(passed the Senate)[7]
Rhode Island No
South Carolina Yes South Carolina Votes
South Dakota No
Tennessee No
Texas No 2013 proposed bils HB 216, HB 313 and SB 315 (passed the Senate)[8]
Utah Yes Office of the Lt. Gov.
Vermont No
Virginia No passed in 2013 (HB 2341), not yet implemented
Washington Yes MyVote
West Virginia No passed in 2013 (SB 477), not yet implemented[9]
Wisconsin No
Wyoming No
1Delaware has a fully electronic process for in person registration at the DMV. An electronic form may also be filled out online, but must be printed, signed and mailed to complete the registration.
2New York's online registration is paperless from the user's experience, but it is not fully automated. The voter fills out the online form and submits it electronically to the DMV. The DMV then attaches a digital signature, prints it out and sends it on for processing and review before the voter is added to the statewide database.

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