Guarding against online voter fraud

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING, W.Va. — Online voter registration in West Virginia will be available in time for next year’s elections. No doubt that will mean a substantial amount of research into the process will begin soon – by those eager to find loopholes by which they can engage in vote fraud.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office has begun final testing of an online voter registration system. It may be ready for use within the next week.

Once the tool becomes available, people will be able to register to vote and update their information (if, for example, they change addresses) without leaving their homes. All that will be needed is a driver’s license or state Division of Motor Vehicles identification card.

Nearly half the states already have online voter registration mechanisms. If there have been attempts to defraud the system through tactics such as fraudulently registering voters who do not exist, we have not heard of them in the other states.

But the other states are not West Virginia, with our long, sordid history of election fraud. Tennant’s office, then, should erect every available barrier against 21st-century election fixing.

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