Michigan Online Voter Registration: Is This A Good Idea?
At first glance, it sounds like a great idea. Online voter registration would make it easier to register to vote, but would also make it easier to expand the process to be more inclusive of all potential voters who are of legal voting age. But, knowing what we know now how foreign countries and their agents have been able to manipulate to process, has that process had enough safeguards put into place to guarantee that process is not and won't be tainted?
The question come from the announcement by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on this past Cyber Monday of Michigan being the latest state to offer online voter registration.
The secure, web-based online voter registration tool is available to citizens with a valid Michigan driver's license or state ID card. Michigan residents without these documents can learn more about how they can register to vote by visiting the site. All other methods of voter registration, including registration by mail, will remain available. Michigan also began implementing automatic voter registration in September as part of driver's license and state ID card transactions. - Michigan Secretary of State's office.
The state reasons that the new methodology is cost effective and convenient, and reduces typographic errors, as information entered is matched against date on-hand. It remains to be seen if this is a better way or not.