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Online Voter Registration One Step Closer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Senate has passed and sent to the House a bill that would allow online voter registration in Iowa.
  
The bill passed 48-0 on Monday with no debate.
  
Under the bill voters must provide the same information required on other voter registration forms. They would use the Secretary of State's website to electronically register. Those registering must have an Iowa driver's license, a Social Security number, or other identifying number and must attest that all information is correct. It makes fraudulent electronic registration a class D felony. It would take effect Jan. 1.
  
Equipment upgrades, training and education are expected to cost an additional $250,000 next year. The bill provides no additional funding.
  
Concerns about how electronic signatures will be verified are to be worked out in the House.

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