Editorial: Don’t exclude 145,600 from online registration

vote your vote counts 2On the face of it, Iowa’s online voter registration system, scheduled to launch next week, should make it easier to participate in elections.

But legitimate concerns have been raised over the system’s potential impact on the rights of the disadvantaged, and so far the state has been slow to respond.

The new system will enable only those individuals who have a driver’s license or non-operator identification card issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation to take advantage of online voter registration. That’s a problem because, according to the DOT’s own estimates, roughly 145,600 eligible Iowa voters don’t have a license or ID card.

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