Tennessee debuts online voter registration

Sep 1, 2017

Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The State of Tennessee is well behind the technology curve in most respects, but it is in the process of rolling out a new online voter registration system.

State Senator Lee Harris was one of the sponsors of the legislation authorizing online registration. He says the state has designed a system that should allow you to register in as little as 90 seconds.

“You don’t need any documents to scan, you don’t have to put any attachments, or online forms. You do have to answer a few questions and you do have to have a driver’s license, or other issued identification card from the Department of Safety.”

If you’ve never registered before, if you’ve recently moved and need to update your registration, or if your registration was purged because of inactivity, you can take care of all of those problems using the new system.

Senator Harris says he’s hopeful online registration will encourage more Tennesseans to turn out on election days. He cites Pew Research numbers suggesting that, right now, the state has really low voter engagement.

“We are dead last in terms of voter turnout in the State of Tennesse, we are very low in terms of voter registration, and our vote waiting times is higher than most states.”

Harris notes there are three statewide elections coming up in 2018 in May, August and November. Remember that you do have to be registered at least 30 days prior to voting.

Would you like to visit the new Tennessee Online Registration Page?