New York may see an expansion of online voter registration after Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ruled Tuesday that the practice is legal. The opinion came in response to questions from Suffolk County officials asking if state law permits the county to implement an online voter registration system. Currently, the state Department of Motor Vehicles offers online voter registration for New Yorkers that uses an electronic signature, but not elsewhere. Schneiderman said his opinion of county online voter registration is a “new era of truly online voter registration,” and he encouraged county elections boards to develop online registration systems.
The opinion comes after there was a surge in complaints last week during New York’s presidential primaries about voter access.
“I encourage civic and technology groups to help develop an online registration system that can bring our electoral process into the 21st century,” he said in a statement.
The uncertainty over whether state law allows online voter registration lies with the electronic signature technology.
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