Massachusetts is now the 21st state to offer online voter registration. Secretary of State William Galvin said Tuesday that residents can use the new system to register to vote, change their address for voting purposes and change party affiliation. He says the system will make it easier to register and vote in next year’s presidential election. “We think it’s removing one more administrative impediment … to registering to vote,” said Galvin, the state’s top elections official.
The new system will not only help people who are not registered, but those who have moved to a new city or town since the last general election and haven’t taken the time to update their voting registration, Galvin said. Those voters often show up on Election Day and have to be given provisional ballots because their registration has lapsed.
The new system is also designed to provide a friendlier experience to newer voters who are more used to communicating and conducting business online. They include college students who are attending school in other states but did not take the time to register before leaving.