More than 1,000 Nevadans Register to Vote Online in First Three Weeks
Only 10 days left to register online
(Carson City, NV; September 22, 2010) – More than 1,000 residents of Clark County have used the state’s new online voter registration system to register for the Nov. 2 General Election. The system was launched September 1. Applicants must be currently unregistered and have a valid Clark County address and a state-issued ID number in order to successfully register online.
Republican voters lead the way, constituting over 33% of those using the system, for a total of 337 registered voters. Non-Partisans have registered the second most voters with 325, or just under 32%, and Democrats have registered 231 voters, or just over 22% of the total. In sum, 1,018 voters have registered online. The Secretary of State estimates that online registration now represents at least 15% of new registrations since September 1.
Nevada is now one of just nine states that offer online voter registration. The program launched as a pilot project in Clark County where 72% of the state’s population resides. More incidents of voter registration fraud and other problems directly related to the use of paper forms are reported there because it is the largest population center. Clark County was chosen for the pilot project also because the necessary technical resources were available in the registrar’s office.
“Online voter registration is far more secure than using paper forms,” Secretary Miller said in announcing the numbers. “And it doesn’t get any more convenient. Now any eligible resident can get registered any time of day, anywhere there’s internet access. I predict it won’t be long before a majority of new voters are registering online.”
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.
The deadline to register to vote online or by mail for the November 2 general election is Saturday, October 2. The deadline to register in person is Oct. 12. Early voting begins October 16.