INSTITUTE INDEX: Embracing the benefits of online voter registration

A growing number of states around the South and nationwide are moving to online voter registration systems, which are more secure, cost-effective, and popular with voters and elections officials alike.

Date on which Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a bill creating a statewide online voter registration system: 5/15/2015

Year by which the system is supposed be in place: 2017

Number of states that currently or will soon offer online voter registration: at least 28

Number of those states that are in the South: 6*

Year in which Louisiana approved online voter registration, one of the earliest states to do so: 2009

Number of people who have used Louisiana's system to date: more than 220,000

Maximum number of minutes it takes to complete Louisiana's registration: 3

Number of problems reported since Louisiana's program began: 0

Year in which the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, co-chaired by lawyers for the campaigns of President Obama and Mitt Romney, recommended online voter registration: 2014

Year in which the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report that concluded online registration systems reduce the potential for fraud, improve the accuracy of voter rolls and save taxpayer dollars: 2014

According to the Pew report, which was based on a 2013 survey of 13 states that at the time had online registration, number of security breaches that have been reported as a result of online voter registration: 0

Average cost to build an online voter registration system in those 13 states: $240,000

Of those 13 states, number that reported greater voter satisfaction and reduced burdens for election officials as a result of online voter registration: 11

* Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

(Click on figure to go to source.)