New Yorkers would finally be able to register to vote with a click of a mouse under a bill to be introduced in the City Council. Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) will introduce legislation to allow would-be voters to register online. Currently, the Board of Elections requires paper registration forms to be mailed in the old fashioned way. “We hope to have a city where everyone who is eligible can vote easily,” Kallos said. “We make it really hard to register, really hard to vote, and we can make it a lot easier.”
Only the state Department of Motor Vehicles can currently sign up voters electronically, a process that requires additional identification and is off limits to those without DMV accounts.
The bill, which will be introduced Wednesday, would require the city Board of Elections to create a secure website to allow voters to register using the same form that is now sent by mail.