Secretary of State
MARCH 8, 2018
Accurate and secure, online registration technology
meets elections’ administration challenges of the 21st Century
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today thanked the Michigan House and Senate election committees for their support of online voter registration application, an initiative she has long championed.
"Thirty-eight states offer online voter registration tools,” Johnson said. “Michigan is uniquely positioned to do the same because the Secretary of State’s Office oversees both driver licensing and elections, which provides a secure database that makes it easy to authenticate a voter’s address, identification and signature against their driver or state ID information.”
Bill sponsors include Reps. Julie Calley and Michael Webber, and Sens. Judy Emmons, Goeff Hansen, Dave Hildebrand, Mike Nofs and Jim Stamas.
Throughout Johnson’s tenure as Secretary of State, she has sought ways to use technology to improve and streamline Secretary of State services. The online services at ExpressSOS.com allows customers to complete just about any transaction online. Launched in 2011, the service offers such conveniences as change of address, duplicate vehicle titles, and vehicle registration and driver’s license renewals over the Internet. In Fiscal Year 2017, ExpressSOS.com processed more than 2.2 million transactions online.
As the state’s chief election officer, Johnson has put in place initiatives to clean up Michigan’s voter rolls, toughen campaign finance laws and ensure integrity in the elections process. Johnson endorses online voter registration because it adds greater efficiency while protecting the veracity and security of the elections process. Under the proposed legislation:
“ExpressSOS.com has proven itself to be a secure and meticulous workhorse with the ability to easily handle thousands of transactions daily,” Johnson said. “Advancements in technology are a critical part of election administration, but we must take the necessary steps to ensure that our systems are secure, safe and accurate. This proposed online voter registration application system does just that.”
Editor's Note: Photo of Secretary of State Ruth Johnson testifying is available here.
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