Reg­is­ter to Vote On­line

Catron Courier - - News -

On Jan­uary 1, 2016, New Mex­ico joined 26 other states in pro­vid­ing on­line voter regis­tra­tion. The new sys­tem will al­low el­i­gi­ble res­i­dents with a state-is­sued I.D. to reg­is­ter or up­date their regis­tra­tion on­line at the Sec­re­tary of State’s web­site at:

www.sos.state.nm.us The safe, se­cure, and easy -to-use sys­tem de­vel­oped and ad­min­is­tered by the Sec­re­tary of State’s of­fice will en­sure more ac­cu­rate voter rolls while si­mul­ta­ne­ously sav­ing money by re­duc­ing mail ap­pli­ca­tions, re­quir­ing fewer pro­vi­sional bal­lots.

Us­ing a cur­rent or ex­pired driver’s li­cense or other state -is­sued I.D., el­i­gi­ble vot­ers will be able to up­date an ex­ist­ing voter regis­tra­tion or reg­is­ter for the first time. The sys­tem of­fers English and Span­ish, and spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion have been made to make the sys­tem ac­ces­si­ble to the vis­ually im­paired.

“New Mex­i­cans cher­ish their right to vote,” said Sec­re­tary Brad Winter. “On­line voter regis­tra­tion is a ter­rific way to make it eas­ier for cit­i­zens to get en­gaged with their gov­ern­ment.”

The cre­ation of an on­line voter regis­tra­tion sys­tem was au­tho­rized by Se­nate Bill 643, which passed the Leg­is­la­ture unan­i­mously in March 2015. With the launch of the sys­tem, the Sec­re­tary of State is a full year ahead of the re­quired dead­line for on­line regis­tra­tion.

“I’m very proud of the hard work demon­strated by our staff,” Sec­re­tary Winter said. “We want New Mex­i­cans to know that this of­fice is work­ing tire­lessly to make elec­tions more ac­ces­si­ble, ac­cu­rate and ac­count­able.” Sec­re­tary of State em­ploy­ees worked closely with New Mex­ico’s 33 county clerks, the state’s Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Di­vi­sion and even other states to en­sure a com­plete, easyto-use sys­tem.

Across the na­tion, the Pew Char­i­ta­ble Trusts re­ports that states al­ready us­ing on­line voter regis­tra­tion list cost sav­ings, re­duced stress on elec­tions of­fi­cials and in­creased voter sat­is­fac­tion as the ma­jor ben­e­fits of in­tro­duc­ing on­line voter regis­tra­tion. With this launch, New Mex­ico will use 21st-cen­tury tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate more ac­cu­rate voter rolls, re­duce the po­ten­tial for voter fraud and pro­mote elec­toral par­tic­i­pa­tion by all el­i­gi­ble New Mex­i­cans.

More in­for­ma­tion, as well as the on­line regis­tra­tion sys­tem, can be found at:

www.sos.state.nm.us

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