Are You Registered to Vote?

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With the upcoming presidential election, it is more important than ever to register to vote. Traditionally, registering to vote required a paper application, either mailed or delivered to the County Courthouse. However, a number of states are now offering online voter registration.

On September 19, 2012, the State of California launched a new online voter registration system. According to the September 20, 2012, article by Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times, there are 6.5 million California residents that are eligible to vote but have not registered. The California Secretary of State, Debra Bowen hopes that the new system will ensure greater voter participation in November. In fact, in the first 18 hours of the new system’s operation, nearly 9,600 people registered online. The online system will use the Department of Motor Vehicles’ records to verify information. Those without a driver’s license or State identification card will still need to register on paper.

In addition to California, there are 12 other states that offer online voter registration systems. On the Indiana “Voter Registration” page, you can register to vote online, confirm voter registration, or find your polling place. The “Online Voter Registration” for Kansas requires a Kansas driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card to register online. Louisiana’s “Online Voter Registration” page allows you to register to vote or change your registration online by providing an audit code from your driver’s license. Washington State’s “MyVote” website allows you to register on line, make changes and to check your voting history. Other state websites that offer online registration are Maryland’s “Board of Elections” and Utah’s “Voter Registration.”

Some states don’t offer online registration but do offer the option of checking your voter registration status. In Missouri, you can check to see if you are registered to vote and where to vote on the “Vote Missouri” website. The State of Nebraska “Voter Information Center” allows a search of your registration, your polling place, your provisional ballot, and your absentee ballot. You can check your voter registration and polling place on the State of New Jersey’s “Division of Elections” website. Oregon’s “My Vote” and Rhode Island’s “Voter Information Center” also provide online searches of your voter registration.

As the election is fast approaching, be sure to go online to check your voter registration. Using our “Voter Records and Elections Information Resources” page you can see if your State or County offers online voter registration or an online voter registration search. Other public records such as land records, laws and codes, foreclosures, and more are available on our “Free Public Records Search Directory” website.

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