Voter registration bill headed to the House

Posted at 1:02 PM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 15:02:42-05

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho voters could register online under a bill moving forward in the Legislature.

The House State Affairs Committee unanimously approved Wednesday to send the online registration bill to the House floor. The proposal, which has already passed the Senate, is being pushed by Secretary of State Lawerence Denney.

Online registration would require voters, who would have to have a state-issued ID, to fill out an electronic application that would be sent to state elections officials for validation. The Idaho Transportation Department would provide digital copies of voter signatures from state-issued driver's licenses to become part of the voter registration database.

Currently, 30 other states online registration with Arizona being the first state to implement a paperless registration system in 2002. Another two states have passed legislation to create online voter registration systems, but have not yet implemented such systems.