Attorney General OKs Suffolk Plan For Online Voter Signup

Yancey Roy reports in Newsday on  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman “giving Suffolk the go-ahead to become the first county in the state to allow online voter registration, in a legal opinion that could have widespread impact on counties and voters across New York.

New York allows voters to register through Department of Motor Vehicles websites, using digital signatures on driver’s licenses and ID cards that are on file.

But Schneiderman’s determination could result in expansion of online registration. In a letter to Suffolk County, his office said counties could register voters through an electronic signature process.

“In sum, we are of the opinion that a registration application can be completed electronically — with an electronically-affixed handwritten signature identifiable as the applicant’s,” Kathryn Sheingold, an assistant solicitor general, wrote to Suffolk County Attorney Dennis Brown.

The signed registration forms also must be printed and mailed to the board of elections.”

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