Tuesday, July 13, 2010

States where you can already register to vote online

While controversy rages in California about the right of citizens to register to vote online using electronic signatures, residents of eight other states already have the right to register to vote online. In these states, computerized links to the state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) site allows people to register to vote online. These states are: Oregon, Washington State, Kansas, Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Indiana, and Utah.

In California, where the current dispute over electronically-signed voter registration cards continues, the Legislature passed, and Governor Schwarzenegger signed, SB 281 by State Senator Ron Calderon, which provides that California will also have an online, DMV-based voter registration system, once the HAVA-compliant, interactive, statewide voter database, called VoteCal, is built and activated.