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Bill To Allow For On-Line Voter Registration In Pennsylvania Clears The State Senate

(The Pennsylvania capitol, in Harrisburg.  File photo)

(The Pennsylvania capitol, in Harrisburg. File photo)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG (CBS)  –  The state Senate has sent the House a bill that would allow Pennsylvania residents to register on-line to vote.

The bill is sponsored by Senate Republican Lloyd Smucker, he says folks can already complete other state tasks on-line, such as vehicle registration renewal.

Smucker says, “and so I began to ask the question, Why couldn’t we do voter registration?”

It turns out that the big technological challenge is the need for a signature on the registration form for poll workers to compare when you sign in to vote.

Erik Arneson is a spokesman for the Senate majority leader.

The on-line registration system would have to be linked to other state agencies that already have your signature, Arneson says, “for example, PennDOT with a driver’s license or a photo ID.”

If there’s no signature elsewhere in the system, you’d still have to fill out a form and sign it.

The bill goes to the House where its future is not certain right now.