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Push for Online Voter Registration in Oklahoma

Posted at 7:45 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 20:45:43-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOCO-TV) — A new push at the Capitol to bring online voter registration to Oklahoma, according to KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City.

Lawmakers authorized it five years ago, but it's still not reality.

The current online system launched in 2015 lets you update your address, change your party and view all your information.

Oklahoma is one of 11 states where you can't actually register online.

Senate Bill 1282 would set a deadline to get that done by the end of next year.

Senator Julia Kirt says she thinks online voter registration will boost voter turnout and bring in younger voters.

"Just today, I was talking to an 18 year old. He hasn't been able to register yet, because he needs a ride to the tag agency or the post office to get that done," Kirt said. "He's not regularly mailing things, so he doesn't have a stamp. So, that's the kind of person we're trying to reach."

The head of the election board says they want to make sure the system is feasible and secure.

That bill passed a Senate committee and is headed to the floor.

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