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PEW report Jan. 2014

NCSL on OLVR June 30, 2014

PEW Elections Index includes OLVR. Methodology p.36

PEW update on OLVR Oct 2012

Senate committee hearing - 7 minute video  Oct 2012

Reference List from 15 states

PEW study on AZ and WA

UW-Eau Claire Student Senate resolution

UW-Stout Student Senate Resolution

Find your Reps here

2011 video on AB-365

This page: http://tinyurl.com/OLVRWI

Wikipedia page OLVR

 

Things you can do online:

Register for Selective Service

Check your voter registration

Change your DL address

Apply for Social Security

Renew your WI professional license

Buy a Wis. hunting or fishing license

Register for organ donation

E-file your taxes

Apply for Wis unemployment benefits

LRB on History of DL requirements

Letter to Editor August 2009

 Letter to editor March 2009

Letter to editor Nov 2012

For information, contact Paul Malischke malischke@yahoo.com


AB-753 introduced Feb. 11, 2014 - Online registration for Wisconsin


Presidential Commission on Election Administration - unanimously recommends online voter registration

See pages 22 to 27 of their final report, issue January 2014


Electronic Voter Registration Will Help Clerks, Help Voters, and Save $$


Senate Committee hearing Dec 18, 2013, on AB-225, which contains electronic registration.

Kevin Kennedy (GAB) written testimony video security memo
Speaker Vos & Rep. Mason written testimony video  

Wisconsin should improve the voter registration system by offering paperless online real-time voter registration.  The direct financial payback will be immediate for municipalities, as it will save the clerk’s time by avoiding manual entry of data from a huge stack of paper forms.

Follow the successful model of 18 other states

Arizona and Washington were first to successfully institute online voter registration (OLVR).   Arizona’s system has been in place since 2002, and in 2008, 39% of those who registered used the online systemWashington’s system has been in effect since January 2008, and is highly acclaimed by their Secretary of State (see testimony and attachments to congressional committee).  Kansas, Oregon, Colorado, Louisiana, Utah, Indiana, Nevada, New York, Maryland, California, South Carolina, Virginia, and Minnesota also have working systems.   Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois and West Virginia have passed legislation and are developing systems.  To ensure an accurate and secure system, there are typically these limitations:

  • Only those with a driver’s license or state identification card can use the online system.  Requirements for an ID card.
  • 12 states have a real-time connection with the motor vehicle agency.  The systems require instant verification of information submitted before the application moves forward.
  • Online registration closes when open registration closes (20 days before the election in Wisconsin).

HAVA checks

In 2008, Wisconsin had a well-publicized lawsuit on how to handle the “HAVA checks”, the comparison of voter registrations to the driver’s license database.  In contrast, the states that have online registration handle this automatically as part of the process.  This minimizes the extra effort needed on either the part of the voter or the election administrator for the matching process, and minimizes controversy.

Benefits for election administrators

The data submitted online is more complete and accurate than on paper forms.  Online registration significantly reduces the costly and heavy workload of entering data from paper forms, most of which are received when other election tasks are mounting.  For November elections, clerks often struggle to process forms in time to get voters on the poll list.  If the bulk of registrations are handled automatically, our election administrators will be able to deal promptly with the paper forms from other voters. 

From a report from PEW Center on the States, August 2009:  In Maricopa County, Arizona, a paper registration form costs at least 83 cents to process, versus an average of 3 cents for a registration completed online.

Benefits for Voters

For voters, online real-time registration means a more timely, accessible, and reliable way to register, with immediate confirmation that the registration is being processed.  This eliminates worries about not being on the poll list due to faulty handling of a paper form, or failing the HAVA check.

States that have systems or have passed bills, in order of activation.  MN, CN, and CO have both online registration and election day registration

State Status Bill or Act Comments Fiscal Note
Arizona active since July 2002 "EZvoter" ARS 16-111    16-112 16-152.E SOS FAQ; summary; press release 2008.  Info on AZ from CA hearing.  Security Startup cost was $100,000.  Annual cost is $125,000.  See PEW report, page 92
Washington Passed 91-6, 30-17 on April 9, 2007.   Active since 1/1/2008. HB 1528 29A.08.123; Rule 434-324-031 (both are short)  Same timelines as mail registration. 

Testimony to congress & attachments PowerPoint

2011 video from director of Elections

 Cost to implement: $279,000 (see attachments in Comments column)
Kansas Launched by Sec. of State July 2009 accomplished without legislation Open to new & existing voters until 14 days before election.  Instant matching to come later.  
Oregon passed by House 45-11, Senate 19-6, 6/23/09, signed by Gov. Aug. 6 2009.  Turned on March 1, 2010 by SOS H 2386, 3 pages.  Enrolled bill

SOS Press Release

Oregonian on House vote.  Oregonian on Senate vote.  of HAVA funds.  Uses  Captcha & VeriSign SSL Will use $217,000 (based on Washington's cost)
Colorado legislature passed 4/29/09, Signed into law 5/15/09, requires OLVR April 1, 2010 HB-09-1160

requires last 4 digits of SSN

Passed by the House 60 to 4, senate is unanimous.  Editorial.  Governor's Press release.  With change of address, requires postcard to old address.  Closes 29 days before election.   Appropriation of $142,000 - See JBC Analysis link on top of bill's page. HB-09-1160.
Louisiana passed by legislature 6/21/09, signed by Governor 6/29/09; requires OLVR April 1, 2010 HB 520, becomes Act 187, 4 pages passed by House 67-23, & Senate 35-0  Will use $300,000 from HAVA
Utah Launched May 2010. Passed by legislature 2/12/09, Gov. signed 3/20/09 S.B. 25 senate 22-2, House 58-14.  Deseret News "will not require additional appropriations."
Indiana Launched July 1 2010.  Passed 4/29/09, signed 5/11/09 HB 1346 becomes Act 1346  Closes 29 days before election.  Can use internet-enabled cell phone. cost indeterminable, will use existing $$.
Nevada Rolled out county by county.  Completed Sept 8, 2012 accomplished without legislation Includes instant matching with DL data. Total cost is $248,000
Maryland Article on Launch Aug. 7, 2012 HB 740 from 2011 session

Passed Senate 41-5, House 97-42.

limited to those with DL, except military and overseas may use SS#, and voters already registered may use voter #.  fiscal note:  $250,000 to implement, $80,000 annual cost
New York Launched August 16, 2012 launched without legislation If DMV's records do not reflect your current name, address, DOB, you must first correct this information on DMV records before processing an online Voter Registration Application. paperless from voter's perspective, but not fully automated.
California Launched September 19, 2012. SB 381 (2007-8 session), 3 pages

followed by SB-397, passed Sept. and signed Oct. 2011

2008 press release. Closes 15 days before election.  Requires SSN (4 digits), immediate matching of DOB and ID#.  
South Carolina Launched Oct. 2, 2012 H*4945, passed unanimously, signed June 18, 2012 Cleared by US DOJ Instant verification of DL or DMV ID card.  Requires full SSN.  3,000 registrations in first 20 hours "Costs are minimal and have been absorbed in the Agency budget."
Minnesota Goes live Sept. 26, 2013 by authority of Sec of State.  Closed by court order.  Re-established by statute April 29, 2014 no legislation needed according to SOS.  See critical editorial.   HF 2096 passed April 2014 The only state system that is open to those who do not have DL.  Others use SSN.  FAQ.  Matching done overnight.  IP addresses are logged.  
Connecticut Go Live Feb 18 2014

Signed by Gov. May 31, 2012.  Was HB-5024

Public Act 12-56 Section 10 is online registration effective Jan 1, 2014.  This Act also provides for election day registration. requires electronic signature from DMV or other state agency Editorial
Georgia Go Live March 2014

Signed by Gov. May 2, 2012

SB 92requires DL or state ID, DOB, citizen data matches DMV data, instant verification.  Uses digital signature from DMV omnibus bill proposed by Sec. of State  
Virginia Goes live July 24,2013

BOE release

passed House 93-5, passed Senate 40-0.  Signed by
Gov 3/18/13

HB-2341 final text requires that DOB,  SSN, and either DL or DMV ID, is verified, but not instantly. House has 67 Rep. & 32 Dems, One Ind.  Senate has 20 of each. Fiscal Note: $81,000 to implement, $20,000 per year maintenance
Delaware launched April 2014      
West Virginia Signed by Gov May 2, 2013 SB 477   fiscal note: to implement - $77,000
Illinois Launched June 2014. Link 7/27/13, signed by Gov. Quinn.   Passed by Senate 32-20, House 66-49. Public Act 098-0115, was HB2418  Operational by 7/1/2014 Limited to those with DL or state ID card.  Uses digital signature on file.  Will require DL issue date Expected cost $50,000.  Requires matching within 48 hours DOB, DL #, date of issuance, and last 4 of SSN.
Nebraska 3/31/14 signed by Governor LB661  Passed 44-0-5 Limited to those with DL or state ID card.  Uses digital signature on file.  closes 3rd Friday before election.  
Hawaii signed by Governor July 6, 2012.  Effective 2015 HB1755   bill appropriates $500,000
Massachusetts signed by Governor May 22, 2014 Chapter 111.  Originated as H3788   Uses signature from registry of motor vehicles records


California, Virginia, and Louisiana also allow those without a driver license or DOT ID card to use the online system to fill-in, print, sign, and mail the form.  Wisconsin also has this type of system, but does not have paperless registration.


Ohio, Michigan, and New Mexico have online change of address.

Ohio launched august 9, 2012   limited to updating existing registration  requires match of name, DL, last 4 SSN, and DOB
Michigan DL and voter registration addresses are updated simultaneously   limited to updating existing registration  
New Mexico signed by Gov. 4/1/2013 HB-497  final version limited to updating existing registration Fiscal note:  no fiscal impact.  Active 7/2014

 


Bills that have been introduced but not passed, alphabetically

State Status Bill or Act Comments
Arkansas   HB-1650  
Iowa committee OK's bill Feb 2014    
Florida Ok'd by committee SPB 7068, becomes SB-1660

Also see SB-784

 
 Massachusetts May 12, 2014 recommended by House-Senate panel H 4072  
Michigan   SB-28  
Minnesota Ok'd by committee March 4 2014    
Missouri   HB-232  
Montana   HB-557, SB-206  
Nebraska Bill advances Feb 2014    
New Jersey AB-2870 passed by Assembly Oct 18, 2012 SB-2168. Excellent model for other states
New York OLR launched August 2012 w/o legislation. A-149, A-187, S-619, S-1991  
Ohio SB-175 introduced 8/8/13 SB-175  HB-78, (2/26/13)SB-20  (2/12/13) editorial August 2013.  SB-175 for those with DL or state ID.  Requires last 4 digits of SSN. Uses digital signature from BMV. SOS editorial Aug 2013
Pennsylvania Passed by committee 3/19/2013, passed by Senate 4/71/2013, 9 to zero. SB-37  
Texas HB 216, introduced 11/26/2012 HB-216, HB-313, SB-315  
Wisconsin AB-753 Feb 2014

AB-225 sub amendment passed by Assembly June 12, 2013

AB-365 introduced Nov 9, 2011

AB-892 Introduced public hearing March 31, 2010

AB-365

AB-892 and SB-645

Section-by section analysis.  Madison passes resolution urging OLVR
Congress Oct 21 Hearing by House Committee on House Administration HR 1719 Lofgren.  AJR-36 resolution in California legislature to endorse 1719
Congress referred to House Committee on House Admin HR 4449 Republican Kevin McCarthy, CA.  Reimburse states for OLVR.
Congress Sept 18, 2014, Senator Gillibrand S.2865 Amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to provide for voter registration through the Internet
Congress May 4, 2010 referred to Senate Rules & Admin. Committee S.3301 Ron Wyden Oregon; John Kerry MA.  Reimburse up to $150,000 for OLVR

From testimony of Katie Blinn, Assistant Director of Elections on behalf of Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed, to the Congressional Committee on House Administration, Oct 21, 2009:

“The online voter registration system has also been very popular with election administrators. It has reduced their workload because the information comes in electronically. They don’t have to spend so much time manually entering the information from paper forms. This also reduces the risk of mistyping a voter’s name, address, date of birth, etc.”

“If the applicant provides an incorrect or nonexistent driver’s license, the program will not allow the applicant to advance to the next screen and finish the application. While it might initially seem that this form of registration is more subject to fraud, it is actually less because it controls whether the user can advance through the application.”

Web page by Paul Malischke malischke@yahoo.com  Last updated October 10, 2014