Today is National Voter Registration Day, and we are encouraging all eligible Floridians to register to vote or update their registration if they have moved since the last election. September also is National Voter Registration Month, and we are asking Floridians to set aside just a few moments to register to vote, or if already registered, to go online and check that their registration information is correct and up to date. Once you have checked your status, if you are on Twitter, post a tweet with the hashtag #CelebrateNVRD and encourage your followers to do a check of their registration status. During the 2015 legislative session, the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) and the Bipartisan Policy Center worked together to educate the public and legislators on the nonpartisan policy advantages of Online Voter Registration (OVR).
With the inefficiencies and inaccuracies of paper registrations, Florida wanted to remain a leader in voter services by upgrading our antiquated paper voter registration process and moving toward a new technology-based reform that would allow our registration system to better serve voters and improve the overall administration of elections.
State Sens. Garrett Richter and Jeff Clemens, along with Reps. Kathleen Passidomo and Matt Caldwell, sponsored the OVR legislation that found universal support with Florida’s supervisors of elections. The legislation received bipartisan political support in both chambers of the Legislature, with the product being a public policy that uses technology of the 21st century to upgrade a paper-based voter registration process.