By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania launched online voter registration three weeks ago and since then– thousands of Pennsylvanians have taken advantage.
“The numbers have surpassed even my most optimistic hopes,” says Pedro Cortes, Secretary of the Commonwealth.
His office is reporting that more than 10,000 Pennsylvanians have used Pennsylvania’s new online voter registration system since its launch. Cortes says the numbers are unusually high, especially for a municipal election year.
“We’re seeing a use that is steady and every day hundreds are taking to the application,” he says, “we believe that the pace will continue and we also anticipate that once we get to the drive for voter registration for next year’s presidential election, we’ll see a significant use of the application.”
The online voter registration application is available in English and Spanish and can be fully completed online eligible voters who have a PennDOT drivers licenses or ID.
Others will have to mail in their signature. Registered voters can also use the site to update their registration information.
Cortes says limiting paper applications means fewer errors, better voter rolls and savings ranging from 50-cent to two bucks an application.
“Clearly we are moving in the right direction,” says Cortes.
Pennsylvania is the 23rd state to allow online voter registration. The deadline to register to vote in the November Election is October 5th.
For more info, go to register.votesPA.com or call 1-877-VOTESPA.