This week, with the deadline to register to vote in the May Parliamentary elections looming, more than 400,000 Britons used the country’s online voter registration system to register…in one day. Britain launched their online voter registration system in June 2014 and since then, more than 7.1 million people have used it to register online or update their existing registrations. Even though the British system differs from voter registration here in the United States because it’s a national system, states throughout U.S. that provide online voter registration (OVR) can regale you with significant numbers of people using the online systems to register or update their voter registration. Currently 20 states offer online voter registration with an additional six states and the District of Columbia working to implement systems mandated by law.
While voter ID legislation might grab the bigger headlines, 2015 is proving to be a banner year for OVR legislation with varying degrees of success. To-date at least a dozen states including Texas and Florida have introduced OVR.
Most recently New Mexico and Oklahoma joined the growing list of legislatures approving OVR. In both of these states the legislation had the support of the chief elections official and was approved with little to no debate.
In New Mexico the Legislature approved Senate Bill 643 without a single dissenting vote. The legislation was signed into law on April 17.
Full Article: electionlineWeekly.