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Three Years Later, Online Voter Registration is a Hit in Pennsylvania

August 27, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf marked the third anniversary of the inauguration of online voter registration (OVR) in the commonwealth. The reform has made it easier and more convenient for Pennsylvanians to register to vote.

“Online voter registration’s success proves that Pennsylvanians want voting to be more accessible and I’m proud that we’ve made it easier for more than a million citizens to participate,” Governor Wolf said. “People appreciate how user-friendly the system is. It has encouraged more Pennsylvanians to register to vote and participate in our democracy.”

Since Aug. 27, 2015, 1,092,407 Pennsylvanians have taken advantage of OVR – 665,918 to file new voter registrations and 426,489 to make changes to their existing registrations at register.votesPA.com.

“From the beginning, Pennsylvanians embraced OVR. In the first week, we logged 5,000 users. In February of this year, we reached 1 million users,” Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres said. “OVR is just one election reform this administration has championed.”

Pennsylvania’s OVR system, available in English and Spanish, offers several advantages. It is more secure because electronic applications are submitted directly to the appropriate county voter registration office for processing. In contrast, traditional paper applications containing personal information may pass through several hands before reaching the correct destination. The OVR system contains the latest protocols in data security and is constantly monitored and updated.

In addition, state and county election officials have found that electronic voter registration applications have improved accuracy, increased the integrity of the voting rolls, reduced time-consuming data entry and yielded considerable cost savings.

As an added convenience, an applicant’s signature on file with PennDOT can immediately be linked to the voter record. Users without a PennDOT record may upload a digital signature directly to the OVR system, or mail their signature to complete the voter registration process.

Pennsylvania was the 23rd state to make voter registration available online. Currently, 37 states and the District of Columbia have implemented online voter registration.

Secretary Torres reminded Pennsylvanians that Oct. 9 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election. To learn more about Pennsylvania’s OVR system and voting, visit www.votesPA.com.

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