Mayor de Blasio signs legislation creating online voter registration

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed legislation allowing for the creation of an online system to make voter registration easier for New York City residents.

A public hearing was previously held for the bill, Intro 508-A, in November. The legislation was sponsored by Council Member Ben Kallos.

Under this new legislation, the city will create an online portal and mobile application where voters can submit registration information or submit updates to their registrations.

In addition to requiring online and mobile apps for voters to submit their information, the new law requires the Campaign Finance Board to provide voters with a mechanism for an electronic signature on the voter registration form. It would also allow CFB to use signatures already provided to other city agencies, including IDNYC, if appropriate.

After the voter submits the information online, CFB would print the information onto a voter registration form with an electronically affixed signature and then deliver the printed voter registration form to the New York City Board of Elections.

The bill takes effect in 18 months.