Department of State wins 2015 Pennsylvania Excellence in Technology Award for Online Voter Registration

Gov. Tom Wolf

Gov. Tom Wolf announced the launch of the voter registration system in August.

Pennsylvania’s Department of State has been awarded the 2015 Pennsylvania Excellence in Technology Award for its Online Voter Registration application.

The award, presented earlier this month as part of the Pennsylvania Digital Government Summit 2015 held in Harrisburg, recognizes projects that significantly advance the use of technology to deliver government service.

Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés announced the launch of the Online Voter Registration site in August. Since then, more than 51,000 eligible citizens have used it to register to vote or to make changes to their existing voter registration.

“The goal of the online site was to increase participation in our electoral process by making voter registration more convenient, accessible and secure,” Cortés said. “This honor affirms what voters have already made clear – that online registration is a welcome addition to traditional registration methods.”

The Pennsylvania Excellence in Technology Award recognizes “stellar achievements and innovative initiatives in the public sector throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” according to its website.

The OVR project was accomplished in cooperation with the Governor’s Office, the Department of Transportation, the Office of Administration’s Office of Information Technology, the Center for Civic Design, and Acclaim Systems.

“There were many people who worked diligently on the development of OVR. We were well aware of the significance of our work, and were proud to be part of this historic project,” Schneider said.

For more information about voting in Pennsylvania, visit www.votesPA.com.

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