OVR is a growing, bipartisan policy trend adopted by 38 states
- Wendy Underhill, the Elections Team Director at the National Conference of State Legislatures has called OVR “a rare issue in elections administration that appeals to both Democrats and Republicans alike.”
- In states that required legislation to implement OVR, 15 Republican governors and 11 Democratic governors signed OVR into law.
- OVR got its start in Arizona, where Republican Governor Jan Brewer was a major supporter
- OVR passed unanimously in six state legislatures: New Mexico, Nebraska, Tennessee, Indiana, South Carolina and Connecticut. And in Ohio, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Utah, Louisiana, and West Virginia, legislatures adopted OVR with more than 80% of votes.
“Online voter registration is one of our most popular ways to get registered competing only with Offices of Motor Vehicles and I would recommend it to any state focused on customer service and ease of access.”
– Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler (R)
OVR is popular with all voters
- OVR doesn’t benefit one party over another. Reports show that OVR users’ party affiliation reflects their states’ overall voter identity. Republican, Democratic, and independently aligned voters all use OVR systems.
- Similarly, the breakdown of OVR users by race reflects population totals.
- OVR users cover a broad age range. In Colorado, 17% of online voter registrants are over age 60.
- In states with OVR, the service is growing in popularity as more people learn about it. Indiana saw a surge of users leading up to the 2016 primary election with a one day peak of 35,000+ registrations.
“I am supporting this legislation because I believe this makes government work better for our customer, the taxpayer. In our current system, applications have to be filled out, printed off, and re-entered into a computer. That seems like the definition of a government bureaucracy that merely shuffles paperwork around.”
– Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett (R)
OVR is here to stay
- States with OVR enjoy the convenience, cost savings, reduced bureaucracy, and added security against fraud that come with using OVR.
- No state that has adopted OVR has gone back to paper-only registrations. In fact, no legislation has been proposed in any of the states with OVR to roll back or limit its OVR services.
- Many states have gone further by optimizing their OVR websites for mobile.