The elections of 2008 served as a critical test of the nation's
election systems. With changes in voting machines and procedures,
coupled with expectations of record voter turnout, election
administrators held their breath and hoped their system wouldn't fail.
While the system didn't fail, voters faced serious obstacles in
exercising their right to vote. Voter registration ended up being the problem that affected the largest number of voters. Even before the first votes were cast, it was apparent
that our voter registration systems were woefully inadequate. While in
other nations 90% or more of the eligible voter population is
registered to vote, in the United States less than 75% of eligible
voters are registered.
Allowing for internet-based voter registration is a
basic reform that is especially effective at registering young voters. It
also sets up a process that can be easily used by public agencies to register
voters under NVRA. Internet registration is already being used in Arizona
In order to ensure that registering voters online doesn't open up
opportunities for fraud, it is available only to people who have signatures on
file with a state agency such as the department of motor vehicles.