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      Heineman Signs Bill to Allow Online Voter Registration

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      Gov. Dave Heineman has signed a new bill into law that will allow Nebraskans to register to vote or update their registrations online.

      The governor says it's important to have the voting process be accessible to voters.

      "Nebraska's new online registration will be unique since we are the first state to combine these processes," said Secretary Gale, who oversees elections in Nebraska.

      Gale says this advancement has been a goal for years but required a lot of effort to work out technology challenges, including combining and streamlining systems with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

      LB 661 is meant to give Nebraskans another opportunity to register to vote while also increasing accuracy and enhancing the maintenance of the voter registration database. The registrations would incorporate copies of signatures provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles for driver's licenses or state identification cards.

      The online system is expected to be complete by 2017.

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