Wolf Administration Announces More Pennsylvanians Using Online Voter Registration


HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)  Many Pennsylvanians are choosing to  sign up to vote on-line.

 On Thursday, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés announced that 100,000 more people used the state’s online voter registration (OVR) than applied with the traditional paper form through the end of 2016.

“OVR has made registration convenient, accurate and secure,” Governor Wolf said in a prepared release.

 “It just made sense that online registration should be the first step as we began our work to bring about much needed election reforms.” added the Governor,.

Secretary Cortés added that OVR is a hit with the public, attracting 5,000 users in its first week and more than 950,000 since its launch in August 2015.

 The 2016 annual voter registration report shows there were 8,646,238 registered voters as of Dec. 31, 2016, compared to 8,098,304 at the end of 2015.

Through the end of 2016, nearly 100,000 more citizens had used OVR to apply for new and updated registrations than had used the traditional paper form.

Secretary Cortés also commended the election offices in Pennsylvania’s 67 counties for their efforts to process voter registration applications, both electronic and paper.

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