Tennessee has a new voting registration system. (Screenshot: Staff)

Tennessee residents can now register to vote online through a new system.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett announced the new online voter registration, which he said offers a convenient way for Tennesseans to register or change their addresses.

The new system allows counties to securely receive voter information faster than when using traditional paper applications, according to a news release.

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“This system meets people where they already are—online,” Hargett said in a prepared statement. “It will improve accuracy and efficiency for voters and election officials by ensuring there are fewer errors and more accurate voter rolls.”

The new system will allow U.S. citizens with a driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security to register to vote online.

Each online submission is checked against the department’s database while securely obtaining an electronic signature already on file with the state, according to a news release. 

The system will also help streamline the process of changing a voter’s address. It allows someone to update their information instantly while reducing time-consuming data entry by state or county employees who traditionally had to manually type in what voters write on paper forms.

“I urge our citizens who have not registered to vote to do so online,” Chattanooga Rep. Gerald McCormick said in a prepared statement. “The process is quick and easy and can be completed from the comfort of home. Registering to vote is an important step for citizens across our state to have their voices heard during the upcoming election in 2018.”

Tennesseans must still register at least 30 days before an election to participate.

For more information on Tennessee’s new online voter registration, click here

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