When Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello found out that many Mercer County residents, particularly college students, were paying online to register to vote — a service that is offered by government agencies for free — she was really surprised. Sollami Covello said that while she would like to see as many people registered as possible, she wants it known that it doesn’t have to cost any money. “I thought it was important to remind (residents) that voting is a right and a privilege to citizens of the United States, which should never cost a voter money,” she said.
Sollami Covello said she recently discovered a website, IWantToVote.com, that charges users $9.95 to fill out their information and have it sent to the state for processing.
While the website is legal, Sollami Covello said it is unnecessary to pay for something that is already offered by government agencies for no cost.
“When we heard about the website and we heard college students were using the website, we felt it was important to remind them that it’s not necessary,” she said. “The website is legal, but it’s not necessary to pay $9.95 to register to vote.”