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Lawmakers Pave The Way For Online Voter Registration

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Lawmakers in the Florida House and Senate have filed bills this week that would let citizens sign up to vote online. The online voter registration bill is a priority for the Florida League of Women Voters.

The bills filed by  Rep. Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee) and Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lakeworth) would require the Department of State to develop an online voter registration system and require the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to verify registration information. Florida League of Women Voters President Deirdre Macnab says 24 other states have online registration programs.

“It’s much more cost effective than the current paper system and it makes it much more accessible to people and we see more people registering to vote,” Macnab says.

Macnab says she thinks allowing people to register online rather than with pen and paper will be more reliable because handwriting can sometimes be difficult to read.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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