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.READ MORE: Photographer Captures Moment Pennsylvania State Trooper Rescues Family And Dog From Flooding
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.READ MORE: Phillies Pitcher Archie Bradley Donates Puppies To Become K-9s
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.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia School District Turning 6 Fridays Into Half Days To Give Teachers Professional Development Time
The bill goes to the House where its future is not certain right now.