Smucker Pushes To Allow Online Voter Registration
HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania should be using available technology to make registering to vote more convenient, according to state Senator Lloyd Smucker.
The Lancaster County lawmaker has introduced a bill providing that the Secretary of the Commonwealth have an online registration system operating within 90 days.
"One of the ways of getting greater public participation in elections is to make registration even easier. With more people using the computer for a wide variety of personal transactions, it makes sense to adapt this step in the voting process. It is just a matter of putting the system in place, and this bill gives the legal clearance to proceed," Smucker said.
"Current law does not prohibit electronic registration. This measure is meant to make certain that affirmative action is taken in time for this year's general election," he noted.
At least nine states offer online registration, so this is not a case where Pennsylvania would be taking a chance on unproven technology.
Smucker said the debate over the Voter ID law prompted him to think about ways to encourage greater public participation in elections. He believes the use of technology should enable Pennsylvania to move the deadline for registering closer to Election Day.