Oklahoma Bill Would Establish Online Voter Registration

Mar 15, 2015

Oklahoma State Senator David Holt, R-Oklahoma City.
Credit Oklahoma Senate

More than a third of Oklahoma's eligible voters aren't registered, so lawmakers are considering allowing online registration to make the process more convenient and renew interest in elections.

State Election Board statistics show that more than 2.1 million people were registered to vote in January 2005. Ten years later and about 10 percent more residents, 119,280 fewer Oklahoma residents were registered to vote.

Last year's general election drew less than 30 percent of Oklahoma's eligible voters.

Republican Sen. David Holt says the registration issue is part of the reason. Legislation he authored would create a secure online voter registration system for the state like those in place in 23 other states.