Pennsylvania recently added the ability of its residents to register to vote via”electronic” means, as well as make other changes as well. Here is what one needs. One’s drivers license info, but if one doesn’t have one, no worries. Just add the last four digits of one’s social security number which now is a standard fare question at the Doctor’s office or for that matter many various transactions. In other words, everyone has your last four numbers. Don’t have an address? But still no worries, continue anyway. Some states have electronic voting completely. What could possibly go wrong?
The law explicitly empowers the Secretary to “prescribe the form of an official voter registration application.” Further, the law specifically gives permission for the Secretary to develop an electronic application and states: “Nothing in this part shall prohibit the design and use of an electronic voter registration application which includes the applicant’s digitized or electronic signature.”
But this is the real kicker. Try as I might, I couldn’t seem to get my computer to handle my ” digitized or electronic signature.”
The fact that 5,000 Pennsylvanians chose to register to vote in the waning days of summer underscores one of the benefits of online voter registration: It’s easy and convenient for voters to use. Check it out for yourself at register.votespa.com.
Here are some of the highlights:
- You agree you have read and accept the terms of the declaration above.
- You understand that your electronic signature on this application will constitute the legal equivalent of your signature for this voter registration application.
- You agree to conduct this voter registration transaction by electronic means and that all laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will apply to this transaction.