Here is another in our continuing series of articles about things going on around Rochester. Enjoy!
“Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants every American to have the option of registering to vote on his or her computer, smartphone, or tablet device,” CBS News reports. Twenty-three U.S. states may be forced to implement online voter registration, if Gillibrand’s proposed legislation passes. “The bill also would expand enrollment access in states that currently have online systems by making them open to all eligible voters without requiring a state-issued ID,” according to 13WHAM.
Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, hopes the motion will encourage more Americans to register to vote. Even with an online system in place, New York State only ranks 47th in the country for voter registration. Her bill will make it easier for people all over the country to register to vote; the state will also save the costs of gathering and updating voters’ information by mail.
“If a bank can figure out how to allow you to do your banking online, we can figure out how to register to vote online,” Gillibrand said in a statement. Her efforts may include modernizing current systems as well. In the future, Americans may even be able to use a mobile application to complete the process. Mobile applications and cloud computing programs would enable voters to log in, make changes, and interact all within a unified system.