Online Voter Registration: The Bipartisan Trend in Elections

Wendy Underhill 10/29/2013
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Allowing citizens to register to vote online has proven to be astoundingly cost effective in some cases, and has improved accuracy in our nation's voter rolls. It's also a rare issue in elections administration that appeals to Democrats and Republicans alike. A dozen years ago, online voter registration was unheard of, and now 19 states have adopted it, seven since 2012. 

As other states consider online registration, they can learn from states that have already enacted enabling legislation, and from administrators who have put these systems into practice. The webinar explores the growth of online voter registration, the benefits, and possible pitfalls to avoid. It ends by tackling the latest question: How can security be managed so hackers don't get into the system?

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  • Sam Derheimer, program manager, Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Sean Greene, research manager, Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Matthew J. Davis, information services manager, Virginia State Board of Elections

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