Vermont Launches New Online Voter Registration Service
Turning to the Green Mountain State now, newly eligible voters in Vermont are now able to register to vote from the comfort of their own homes. The state unveiled its new online voting registration platform Tuesday, which secretary of state Jim Condos said will improve access to democracy and make elections less vulnerable to fraud.
The registration link appears on Vermont’s secretary of state website, and features the same questionnaire residents would be required to fill out in person. And just like in person, people who lie on their registrations could face a fine of $10,000 dollars and up to 15 years in jail.
Currently, about 90-percent of Vermont’s 500,000 eligible voters are registered, though Condos has said he’s hopeful that number will increase given this new technology.
The platform will cost the state approximately $2.7 million dollars over the next 10 years, and it should be noted that online registering to vote – not actually casting a vote – can be done online.
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