New York To Enter The Future With Online Voter Registration

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In hopes of improving our state’s abysmal voter registration rate — we rank 47th in the nation with less than 64% of possible voters signed up — New York’s powers that be have made it possible to register online, making us the 11th US state to make the upgrade.

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“Today, we are knocking down longstanding barriers that have prevented many New Yorkers from participating in the democratic process, while creating a more streamlined and more efficient system that will save taxpayers’ money,” Governor Cuomo said on Thursday.

Soon, so-called “motor voter” applications processed by the DMV will be digitized as well. The move is expected to save the DMV $270,000 per year, and the county boards of elections around $150,000.

And, if other states’ track records are any indication, we should see a spike in registered voters for the next election cycle.

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