Brief: Connecticut Secretary of State Announces Voter Registration Smartphone Apps

Secretary of State Denise Merrill says more modern features like the app will help to reach new eligible voters.

by Johanna Somers, McClatchy News Service / May 22, 2014
Conn. Secretary of State Denise Merrill Flickr/Connecticut Technology Council

Residents can register to vote using mobile apps on their smartphone or tablet. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced on Wednesday that the apps are available through Google Play and Apple and provide convenience for voters while maintaining the security of the Connecticut Voter Registration System.

“I am very excited to offer these mobile apps for voter registration so any eligible Connecticut voter with a driver’s license can register for this year’s elections from the convenience of their smartphone or tablet,” Merrill said. “Modern features like this help to reach new eligible voters, and the more people who participate the better.”

In February, Merrill and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy unveiled Connecticut’s new online voter registration system, and since then 2,000 voters have registered. Connecticut was the 15th state to offer online voter registration. Merrill said she expects online voter registration to have more accurate voting lists because the voters enter their own data, which prevents clerical errors.

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