Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Kansas Unveils New Online Voter Registration System

On Tuesday, Kansas joined a handful of states, including Washington and Arizona, that permit residents to register online to vote.

"An online voter registration application is the next step in making the traditional elections process easier, faster and cheaper. As technology continues to change and evolve, it is important that we implement strategies that will allow the citizens of Kansas to register in a way that is most convenient to them, without sacrificing the security and uniformity that sets our elections system apart," Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh said in an agency news release.

The system links the secretary of state's voter registration process with the Department of Revenue's driver's license database. Residents submit their application, which is verified with information already in the state system.

To complete the registration process, voters must visit either Vote Kansas (www.voteks.org), the Kansas Secretary of State website (www.kssos.org) or the Kansas Department of Revenue (https://www.kdor.org/voterregistration/) Web sites and fill out a questionnaire. The standard questions of age, citizenship and felony convictions appear first, followed by a page on which to enter a valid Kansas driver's license or nondriver's identification card number.

Per Kansas law, first-time voters will still need to present identification at their polling place even if they've registered online. And, of course, traditional registration methods are still available.

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