Indiana experiences surge in online voter registration

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) – Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson reported a significant increase in online voter registration in the state following reminders posted statewide by Facebook.

On Friday, September 23, Facebook launched a voter registration reminder across Indiana, and since then 30,000 Indiana residents have registered to vote online. People on Facebook who are 18 and older began receiving a reminder at the top of their Facebook news feeds directing them to resources to register to vote in Indiana. By clicking the reminder, people were sent to Indianavoters.com to register to vote. On the site Indiana residents can register to vote, find their polling location, and research who is on their ballot. People can also let friends on Facebook know they registered to vote and encourage friends to register too. The reminder ran across the country from September 23, until September 26.

“Friday was the third highest daily total ever for online registrations,” Secretary Lawson said in a press release.

Facebook’s Product Manager, Samdih Chakrabarti said Facebook wants people to have a voice in the election process, and that getting registered means there are less hurdles for them to do so.

October 11 is the deadline to register to vote for the November 8 General Election in Indiana.

For those who still need to register, they can visit Indianvoters.com, use the Indiana Voters app or visit their local clerk’s office.

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