The Vermont secretary of state’s office rolled out a new online system Thursday that allows residents to register to vote, check their voting status and request an absentee ballot. Secretary of State Jim Condos introduced the system, and said 285 people have already used it to register to vote since it was turned on last week. The system includes a statewide voter checklist and other tools that town and city clerks across Vermont can use to help manage elections, including complicated after-election reports.
“These are to provide better transparency (and) better access for Vermonters to the voting systems,” Condos said during a news conference at the Montpelier City Hall.
David Becker of the Pew Charitable Trusts, which is working in many states to make elections run smoother, said only two states offered online voter registration in 2008 and now more than two dozen states do.