Secretary of State Ross Miller Launches New Online Voter Registration System
DMV ID-Required System available to Clark County residents at www.nvsos.gov
(Las Vegas, NV; September 1, 2010) – Secretary of State Ross Miller today launched a new online voter registration system available to unregistered residents of Clark County. Nevada is only the ninth state in the country to offer a completely online option for unregistered voters. Secretary Miller demonstrated the accessibility, efficiency and security of the system in announcing the new option for Clark County residents. The system requires the new registrant to have a Nevada-issued driver’s license or other state-issued ID number in order to complete an online registration. The online system allows residents to register to vote for the first time in Clark County without having to visit a government office or register through a third party.
“My goal as Chief Elections Officer for the state is to make sure every Nevadan who is eligible can register to vote, cast their vote, and have it counted in an electoral process that is fair, safe, and secure,” Secretary Miller said in launching the online system. “The ID-required online system will help us do all of that. It streamlines the registration process by reducing the likelihood of errors inherent in a paper-based system. As a result, fewer voters will encounter questions and delays about their registration status when they show up to vote.”
Nevada is the ninth state to launch a system that allows a resident of the state to complete a registration in one online visit. Online systems are designed to improve upon paper-based processes that cost more to administer, are more prone to data entry errors, rely too heavily on unofficial registration drives conducted by third parties, and are more susceptible to fraud.
In its first phase, the online voter registration system is available to currently unregistered residents in Clark County, where 72% of the state’s population resides. The system matches the new voter’s ID number and physical address with information in the DMV and Clark County data banks to verify the applicant’s identity. The system also requires the applicant to verify his or her signature on file with DMV.
Surveys show that online voter registration systems are popular in Arizona and Washington, where a vast majority of users say they feel the systems are secure and easy to use. In addition, Arizona officials report a nearly 97% reduction in the cost of processing an online registration compared to processing a paper form.
The new online voter registration system was developed in partnership with Clark County and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. It is accessible under the Election Center at www.nvsos.gov.