Connected Voter RegistrationWe're revolutionizing voter registration with Connected Voter Registration (VR), a seamless and secure way for third-party organizations to digitally submit registration applications. Read the Report
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What It Is
Connected VR is a simple, secure, one-way transfer of voter registration applications from approved and authorized third-parties to state election offices for review and processing. It allows trusted third-party organizations to deliver completed registration applications — in the desired format — to the state for reviewing and processing. Importantly, states do not grant open access to their systems when establishing Connected VR. Rather, applications are submitted digitally in a one-way transfer via an Application Programming Interface (API).
Why It's Needed
Connected VR dramatically increases a state’s ability to reach eligible voters while maintaining current procedures and safeguards. Voters can complete the entire registration process through third-party tools and at other government agencies, and election offices receive digital registration applications in the desired format. Third parties can use Connected VR both online and in the field, resulting in significantly higher completion and success rates. Connected VR improves efficiency, security, and transparency – and it reduces application processing costs.
Rock the Vote was the first organization to advocate for and implement Connected Voter Registration.
We started making the case for Connected VR with our first white paper in 2013. Since then, we’ve helped four states adopt Connected VR.
We’ve created an updated report that reflects the current voter registration landscape & outlines why Connected VR remains the gold standard for state voter registration systems in 2023.
The Time Is Now
In 2024, more than 16 million young people will be eligible to vote for President for the first time. Voter registration is critical to engaging this cohort and ensuring they have a seat at the table of our democracy. That is a tremendous opportunity – and challenge.
We’ve seen firsthand how much Connected VR helps voters – particularly young people and people of color – navigate the voter registration process, with registrants in Connected VR states making it onto the rolls 98-100% of the time (compared to only 60-70% of registrants in other states).
Help us spread the word about the importance of bringing Connected VR to more states before the 2024 election.
Rock the Vote is eager to provide support to any election officials interested in Connected VR. We can connect you with other state election officials who have undertaken this process, help you develop a Connected VR system and the related documentation, and promote it widely to third-party organizations in your state and encourage its widespread use. Please reach out to us for more information at email@example.com.