Online Voter Registration Coming to Pennsylvania

Gov. Tom Wolf

Gov. Tom Wolf

Gov. Tom Wolf this week announced that Pennsylvanians will soon be able to register to vote online.

Online registration was one of the reforms the first-term Democratic governor promised while campaigning last year.

The system was expected to go live on Thursday, according to media reports.

By way of background: At least 30 states currently (or will soon have fully or substantially) electronic voter registration at DMVs. At least 3 states have expanded or are soon expanding electronic registration to public service agencies, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

The Associated Press reports that Pennsylvania residents will be able to register to vote in the upcoming Nov. 2 general election, although paper voter registration applications will still be available.

The date by which voters must register online is Oct. 5.

For updates on Pennsylvania online voter registration, click here.

Interestingly, legislation proposed by Pennsylvania lawmakers have languished in recent sessions.

During the 2015-16 Legislative session, state Rep. Mary Jo Daley, a Democrat serving Montgomery County, has re-introduced legislation that would allow for online voter registration.

Known as House Bill 692, the legislation would amend Title 25 (Elections) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in voter registration,” further providing for methods of voter registration, providing for electronic voter registration application and for electronic submission of changes to registration and further providing for preparation and distribution of applications; in changes in records, further providing for change of enrollment of political party; in penalties, further providing for altering registration; and conferring powers and imposing duties on the Department of State.”

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