Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In 2016 a Record Number of States will Offer Voter Register and Vote Early Online

Oh, how times have changed since the days of punch card ballots and hanging chads.
Come 2016 when the nation picks its next president, a record number of Americans will have the option of registering online and voting early. That has some people warning of voter fraud, while others are celebrating the flexibility as a way to make sure more people are heard on Election Day.
"This year has been a good year for opening access," said Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union voting rights project. But "these things can turn on a dime as long as partisans detect ways to gain advantage by changing the rules."
Among the biggest change next year: more voters will be able to go online to register to vote, according to data released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts, a nonpartisan public policy group.
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When President Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, only two states — Arizona and Washington — offered a website where citizens could register. By 2016, a majority of states may be offering that service, with 20 states already offering online registration and seven more considering it or having passed legislation that would authorize it.
"I think eventually despite resistance among a small number of people ... we're eventually going to see every state adopt this," said Michael McDonald, a voting expert and associate professor at the University of Florida.
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