Starting today, Vermonters can register to vote from the comfort of their own homes. Secretary of State Jim Condos says the new online voter registration system will improve access to democracy, and will also make elections less vulnerable to fraud. About 90 percent of Vermont’s nearly 500,000 eligible voters are already eligible to vote. But for the 50,000 or so people who have yet to join the checklist, or for those newly eligible to vote, the process needed to cast a ballot just got easier. “So they can actually register whenever it’s most convenient for them – they don’t have to take time away from work,” Condos says.
The new online feature made its debut on the secretary of state’s website Monday morning. Condos says it replicates exactly the paper questionnaire residents previously had to fill out, and he says residents will still have to confirm the legal requirements needed to vote under Vermont law.
… Condos says voters can use that page to request absentee ballots, see sample ballots in their precinct, and access information about coming elections. “You can actually click, give me a map to the polling place, or you can click for … written instructions on how to find it,” Condos says.
Condos says the system will cost $2.7 million over 10 years.