Online Voter Registration: Improving Access to Voting

EDITORIAL NOTE: This blog post was originally posted on President Elisabeth MacNamara's Huffington Post blog.

We're only a matter of weeks into 2014, but there have already been promising developments to fix our nation's elections system and make it easier to register to vote. By the beginning of 2014, at least 21 states had established or were in the process of establishing online voter registration systems. This means that 100 million or nearly 50 percent of all eligible voters in the nation will live in states that provide this easy and convenient way to register to vote. According to new research by the Pew Charitable Trusts, online voter registration provides great benefits for voters and election workers alike. The benefits of online registration are so great, in fact, that the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA) has taken notice. In January, the PCEA released a report recommending that states adopt online registration.

Online voter registration is a critical step to bringing our voting systems into the 21st century, however, most of the systems implemented thus far leave out a significant and important part of the population - citizens who don't have a driver's license or non-driver's ID. The League is committed to ensuring that every eligible voter can register and update their registration through online systems.

Continue reading at the Huffington Post.