Bill Focuses on Upgrading Voter Registration in Maryland
02/18/2011 - Frederick County Sen. Ron Young hopes to modernize election registration by using more technology. Young, a Democrat, is proposing two bills relating to voter registration. One would allow people to register to vote or change their voter registration information over the Internet. The other would allow elections officials to cross-check voter registration databases with other data to keep it current and accurate.
David Becker, project director of Election Initiatives at the Pew Center on the States, said Maryland has the opportunity to improve accuracy of its voter rolls, increase efficiency and save money by implementing reforms such as online registration and sharing with other states.
"Voter registration in America largely reflects its 19th-century origins and currently is inefficient, costly and fraught with errors," Becker said.
He said states that have begun modernizing their systems have recouped the investment in one or two election cycles.
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