Today Governor Wolf announced a major achievement for voting reform in Pennsylvania: more than one million Pennsylvanians have used his administration’s online voter registration website, register.votespa.com, in less than three years.
As the Clearfield Progress reports:
“The system, launched in August 2015 by Governor Wolf, has made it easier and more secure for citizens to register to vote and update their existing registrations. The 1 millionth user was from Delaware County.”
By submitting electronic applications, voters can rest assured that their personal information will be submitted directly to the appropriate office for processing. The system contains the most up-to-date data security and is constantly monitored and updated. Additionally, officials have found that the electronic applications improved accuracy, increased the integrity of the voting rolls, reduced time-consuming data entry and yielded considerable cost savings.
Governor Wolf is committed to protecting Pennsylvanians’ constitutional right to participate in free and fair elections. “I am proud of those in my administration who have helped more than a million people more easily participate in the process,” he said. “The success of online voter registration is a testament to citizens’ desire for an election system that is more secure, easier to navigate and better ensures their votes really count.”
Governor Wolf is dedicated to building on the progress already made towards increasing voter participation and ensuring the integrity of voting. He also called for automatic voter registration, same day voter registration, modernizing absentee ballots, and ending partisan gerrymandering. He also supports the Pennsylvania Department of State’s new directive requiring voting machines to have a voter-verifiable paper ballot or paper record of votes cast.