The new Democratic leader in the Oklahoma Senate said Thursday he will introduce a bill in 2015 to allow citizens to register to vote online, a move designed to increase voter participation in a state with traditionally poor voter turnout. State Sen. Randy Bass, D-Lawton, studied the issue with members of the Senate Rules Committee and received testimony from party officials and election experts. “We’re just trying to get in line with other states and get more people out to vote,” Bass said. “I think it will be safe and secure.” Rules Committee Chairwoman Sen. A.J. Griffin, R-Guthrie, said she would need to see cost estimates and have assurances the online database was secure before she agreed to grant the bill a hearing.
Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts and Missouri adopted online voter registration last year, bringing to 20 the number of states that currently allow it, said Wendy Underhill with the National Conference of State Legislatures.
In Colorado, which adopted it in 2010, about one-quarter of voters register online, and most states verify the application information with motor vehicle records, Underhill said. Costs in most states ranged from $100,000 to $750,000, with some states reporting lower costs, she said.