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At Least 20,000 New Pennsylvania Voters Registered Online

About 20 percent of eligible Pennsylvanians weren't registered to vote in the 2014 election. Credit: Joe Beone/Wikimedia Commons.
About 20 percent of eligible Pennsylvanians weren't registered to vote in the 2014 election. Credit: Joe Beone/Wikimedia Commons.
October 8, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Online voter registration is proving to be popular in Pennsylvania.

The system went live Aug. 27, making the Keystone State the twenty-third state in the nation to allow online registrations. Since then more than 30,000 Pennsylvanians have used the system, including 20,000 new voters.

Susan Carty, president of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, calls that a huge success.

"It's a wonderful thing and it's a great service that is now being made available to our voters," she says. "It's very exciting and I can see the numbers will just increase over time."

Monday was the deadline for registering to vote in elections this November.

In the 2014 election, 20 percent of eligible Pennsylvanians weren't registered to vote, contributing to low turnout. Carty says online registration can help turn that around, but more needs to be done.

"By only having one day to vote, we are very limited in time," she says. "Having the day be a work day is also a limiting factor."

Other states have instituted early voting, allowing residents greater opportunities to cast their ballots.

Andrea Sears, Public News Service - PA