Preparing for the next election just became easier for Pennsylvanians, who can now register to vote online. On Aug. 27, Gov. Tom Wolf and his Secretary of State Pedro Cortès, made Pennsylvania the 23rd state in the country to offer the modernized option with hopes that it will offer convenience and more accessibility. “It is about giving citizens an easier way to exercise their right to vote and establishing a clearer connection between the political system and the citizens,” Wolf said, according to his website. Since its release, over 4,000 people have already registered to vote, said Wanda Murren, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of State.
She said some are registering for their first time and some are updating their registration, but more applications are from newly registered Pennsylvanians.
Murren said the goal was to make voting as accessible, convenient and accurate as possible. “Aside from voter benefits, it will save counties money since the counties process all voter registration,” Murren said.