Secretary of State John Gale notes Nebraska will become the 24th state to allow online voter registration on Tuesday, National Voter Registration Day.
“We’re certainly part of the national trend and we’re on the front end of that national trend,” Gale tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Gale says his office studied online registration for one and a half years before backing the legislation, making sure the state could handle the costs as well as insure the system’s security.
He’s encouraged by reports from the states of Washington and Arizona that online registration has not only increased the number of registered voters, but also participation.
Gale hopes online registration encourages young people to vote more often.
“But these new registrations, I think, they’re going to be coming on sooner, earlier in the life of these young people and they’re going to be committing themselves to become a voter,” Gale says.
September is National Voter Registration Month, because it is the month when summer unofficially comes to a close, kids go back to school, and routines are re-established.
Gale encourages new residents to take time and complete a voter application. He says others need to check their registration and make sure it is up-to-date.
Gale joins other members of the National Association of Secretaries of State in promoting September as National Voter Registration Month by issuing the following reminders:
· Every state with the exception of North Dakota has a registration requirement for voting.
· To register, you must be a citizen of the United States and at least 18 years old on or before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
· Updating registration information is important for anyone who has moved, changed their name or had their voting rights restored since the last election.
National studies indicate nearly one out of every seven American eligible to vote aren’t registered.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]