No development in recent years has had a bigger impact on election administration than online voter registration. As more and more states make OVR available, the process by which citizens create or update their voter record is fundamentally changing. At this stage in OVR’s expansion, however, we have reached the point where it is not only possible but desirable to look past simply IF a state has OVR and ask HOW IT WORKS. That’s why I was so delighted to see yesterday’s release of a new Pew issue brief dedicated to online voter registration.
Pew’s election team has been persistently pushing the benefits of OVR, and this latest issue brief is a helpful component of that effort in that it highlights the different components of existing state OVR systems. The idea – just as it was (Throwback Thursday alert!) with electionline’s “Assorted Rolls”report looking at statewide voter databases post-HAVA – is to spot those aspects of different systems that current and future states might want to emulate or avoid going forward.