Online voter registration now available in Pennsylvania

election day

August 28, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is the latest state to launch the convenient option of registering online to vote. Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro Cortés introduced the initiative Thursday.

The online registration application is now available for use by eligible citizens at register.votesPA.com.

"Online Voter Registration is about making the voting experience more convenient and more accessible," Wolf said. "It is about giving citizens an easier way to exercise their right to vote and establishing a clearer connection between the political system and the citizens. Online voter registration is secure, it improves accuracy and will reduce costs for counties by cutting down on time-consuming data entry."

Online voter registration is currently available in 22 states, with the measure approved but not yet implemented in another five states plus the District of Columbia.

The new site, available in English or Spanish, also allows currently registered voters to more easily make updates to their voter record, such as a change of name, address or party affiliation. Additionally, registered voters may use the new site to request assistance at the polling place.

When an applicant completes the online form, the information is forwarded directly to the appropriate county voter registration office for processing. There, election staff will find that electronic application eliminates the problem of trying to decipher often-illegible handwriting. Additionally, county election staff will not have to follow up on missing information on the electronic applications, because the online form cannot be submitted if any required data fields have not been completed.

The latest protocols in data security have been built into the system and will be constantly monitored and updated. Because the online voter registration site is directly linked to PennDOT's Motor Voter system, if an applicant has a driver's license or PennDOT ID card, the signature already on file with PennDOT can immediately be linked to the voter record.

Applicants, who do not have a driver's license or PennDOT ID card, will be able to print, sign and mail the completed online application to their county voter registration office. If they are not able to print the application, they may request that the Department of State mail them a signature card to complete and return to their county office.

To learn more about online voter registration, visit www.votesPA.com.


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