I'm super impressed by this. I'm grateful that government websites are finally starting to shape up. I'm on a break from California in good ol' Virginia right now and have been eager to register to vote. I just finished the registration in about 5 minutes, luckily I know all of the things it requested by memory. WOOT!
Now I won't have any regrets about voting down the road when i'm at some backyard BBQ talking about the president. I'm looking forward to voting in this upcoming election.
I find it interesting (but not surprising) that California is making an effort to make voter registration easier, while many states (mostly Southern) continue to try to put obstacles in the way of many people (mostly African-American, or poor, or both) being able to register to vote.
Also interesting that the state where it is easiest for people to vote is probably the least important in this election as I imagine you couldn't bet someone 500 dollars to win a dollar that Romney would win California.
If it was a swing state the battle to allow people to vote or not would be headed right to the courts.
Absolutely agree. The current registration and voting process many states have in place today totally discourages people from voting. I recall trying to vote in this year's primary elections and had to go through so many loops just to make a few check marks that I questioned my own sanity and finally voted to not vote. The technology is there to fix this issue and make voting a click away. I just wish our government would make this a higher priority. We can do better.
It wasn't your point, but why would a hypothetical online voting system be a problem? If, as another poster mentioned, this online registration system is good enough to prevent erroneous registrations, why couldn't the creation of an online voting account be included as part of the of the process? Being able to register and vote without leaving your desk (or on your phone, at home, etc) would help to enfranchise the aforementioned nonvoters even more than just making registration more convenient would.
If it's at all in doubt, I'm not trolling here, but genuinely curious as to what the fault(s) in online voting would be. The main problems that come to mind are (theoretically) preventing the privacy of anonymous voting and the possibility of cracking accounts (given a user base close to the entire population of a state and an (imagined) incentive for doing so, brute-force guessing of stupid passwords would likely be very effective if proper password complexity checks were not put in place), but what with the scandals that voting machines have caused in the past, I'm not so sure that offline voting systems are more secure in practice.
Best effort? You haven't met my mail carrier, who was busy one day and decided to remedy that by skipping delivery to my neighborhood that day, marking my package "no such residence at address," returning it to its sender, who just happened to send it from another country.
So, yeah. I'm pretty sure it's a least-effort-without-getting-fired delivery protocol.
I must have done something wrong. I filled everything out and it had me print a form that I'm supposed to mail to my registrar in order to register... which of course is registering via mail and not online.
I'm not sure what conditions led to that outcome. My successful registration (using my license #) yielded the following message: Congratulations! Your DMV signature has been retrieved and attached to your voter registration form and will be provided to your county elections office. Your form is now complete. Thank you for registering to vote! Please print a receipt for your records.
They (the DMV) must not have your signature on file. Unfortunately they need this as part of "the rules"...which aim combat voter fraud. It's inconvenient, but at least they fill out the form and do their best.