UPGRADING VOTER REGISTRATION
Voter registration systems are intended to ensure access to voting while preventing opportunities for fraud. But state registration systems often lack the tools to keep up with an increasingly mobile society and rely too heavily on inefficient paper forms. This can lead to errors in the voter lists and unnecessary expense.
To address these issues, Pew partnered with election officials, policymakers, technology experts, and other stakeholders to make voter registration systems more cost-effective, modern, and secure by:
- Advancing online voter registration. This increasingly popular option enhances voter convenience, reduces costs, and improves data security by eliminating the need for paper, printing, and mail.
- Automating Motor Voter registration. Voter registration at motor vehicle agencies is one of the most common gateways to the voter rolls. Pew worked with state election officials and motor vehicle administrators to increase interagency coordination and improve Motor Voter systems.
- Establishing the Electronic Registration Information Center. ERIC is a multistate partnership that harnesses the latest technology to securely compare state data and keep voter information more up to date. State participation promotes more comprehensive and accurate voter rolls and registration systems and reduces costs associated with inaccurate lists.