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Registering to vote with a click of a mouse

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

It may soon be easier to register to vote in Michigan.

Nine in ten people eligible to vote in Michigan are already registered. Most registered when they got a driver’s license or state identification card.

Nevertheless, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson wants to allow people to register to vote online through the state’s existing Express SOS software program.

“500,000 people a year already go in there to make changes,” says Johnson. “The more eligible voters we have registered the better. And this is just one more tool in the tool box.”  

Johnson insists online voter registration is secure, despite multiple hacking attacks in recent years on state online voter records. 

State lawmakers are considering several bills to allow online voter registration.

Critics prefer in-person voter registration on Election Day or automatic registration.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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