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Thursday, December 19, 2013
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Kander Unveils New Tool Allowing Missourians to Fill Out their Voter Registration Forms Online
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today unveiled a new online tool that allows Missourians to fill out a voter registration form online through his office’s website. The new online form, located at www.sos.mo.gov/votemissouri, increases efficiency and accessibility for eligible Missouri voters who want to participate in our democracy.
"I am committed to ensuring that all eligible Missourians have the opportunity to cast a ballot, and since you can’t vote unless you’re registered, we decided to do what we could to simplify the process and make it more convenient for voters," Kander said. "Now, Missourians will have the opportunity to fill out their registration form in one step from their homes, instead of multiple steps at different locations."
The new online tool will allow eligible Missourians to fill out their voter registration form for the first time or change their registration address. Once the voter completes and signs the form on a computer, tablet or smartphone, Kander’s office will print and mail the form to the voter’s local election authority. This online tool is similar to one implemented by Boone County earlier this year.
"I am pleased that we have developed a way to make this process more convenient for voters, while not changing the procedure or adding additional burdens for local election authorities," Kander said.
After receiving the registration information submitted online, the Elections Division of Kander’s office will conduct a preliminary review of each form before mailing the printed form to the appropriate local election authority. The local election authority will then carry out its normal procedures, reviewing each registration form for completeness and validity, before notifying applicants of their registration status.
"The ability to fill out a registration form online will make registering to vote more convenient for Missourians." said Camden County Clerk Rowland Todd, a Republican and the former president of the Missouri Association of County Clerks and Election Authorities. "From the perspective of local election authorities, the process of registering voters is not changing. What is changing is the voter’s experience, which will be modernized and simplified."
"We’re pleased to partner with Secretary Kander in making it more accessible and convenient for eligible Missourians to fill out their voter registration forms online," said Phelps County Clerk Carol Bennett, a Democrat. "The public can pay their taxes, renew their license plates and utilize countless other government services over the Internet. They deserve the same level of convenience and security with voter registration."
Fifteen other states, including Indiana and Kansas, use online tools to make it more convenient for voters to register—ranging from online registration to filling out forms online, as is now possible in Missouri. An additional five states, including Georgia and West Virginia, are developing similar online tools.
Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.
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