Back in August 2015, he and Secretary of State Pedro Cortes instituted a new system that would allow Pennsylvanians to register to vote online.
They announced today that almost 900,000 citizens of the commonwealth have used the feature between then and yesterday’s deadline.
“Online voter registration has been a tremendous success and asset for the people of Pennsylvania,” stated Governor Wolf. “This innovation has made it easier for people to participate in the civic process and I am proud of the work done by the Department of State to launch this application and the overwhelming response by civic-minded Pennsylvanians.”
“The Department of State is committed to increasing the ease with which Pennsylvanians can participate in our elections and the success of online voter registration demonstrates that when we remove barriers, more people participate,” Secretary Cortés said.
Altogether, 899,394 citizens have used the feature since it launched. 575,696 were registering for the first time while 323,698 Pennsylvanians updated their information. In September, 172,256 applications were submitted online and 254,657 during the first eleven days of October.
In fact, 77,440 and 87,746 applications were sent on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
Finally, although final numbers have not yet been tabulated, the Department of State revealed that at least 1,009,862 applications were sent between May and the October deadline. In 2008, that number was 961,937 and in 2012 it was just 631,645.