(KCPW News) A bill to allow Utah voters to register online gained preliminary approval in the Utah Senate yesterday. Bill sponsor Senator Peter Knudson feels this system would encourage more people to register.
"This is a request that has come to us from the Lt. Governor's office and he believes, and I share that belief that having this process available has the potential of increasing voter turnout and hopefully more who will take advantage of this opportunity to vote," Knudson said.
The lieutenant governor's office would obtain a digital copy of the person's signature from his or her driver's license or identification card. Knudson said this system is the first step to increasing voter turnout.
"We used to lead the nation in voters who would turn out and vote, we are going the other way, we are having fewer voters. This may not be the total answer to the problem but we feel it would be a great tool in making it more accessible for citizens and at the same time it even saves some costs," Knudsen said.
Knudson added that the system would reduce mailing costs, since voter registration currently must be mailed in. The bill was approved 25 to 2, and will be read and voted on one more time before moving to the House.