With just more than a month to go before the Nov. 6 general election, the Michigan House of Representatives unanimously approved a package of bills Wednesday that will allow people to register to vote online. While the Senate still needs to concur on technical changes made to the bills, the legislation is expected to go into effect next year and be ready before the next presidential election in 2020.
Currently, Michiganders have to fill out a form by hand and either mail it or deliver it to their local clerk. For verification purposes, the new system will be able to sync with the Secretary of State’s database on driver’s licenses and state identification cards.
“Thirty-eight states offer online voter registration tools and now Michigan is poised to join them,” said Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, who supports the legislation. “Our online services have shown that they can handle millions of transactions accurately and securely, and we should allow Michigan residents the convenience of registering to vote online.”
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