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AG: Electronic Voter Registration Signatures Improper

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Dwight Burdette
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A recent Attorney General’s Office opinion has deemed electronic signatures on voter registration applications invalid.

The technology, called the Allpoint Pen, allows someone to use their finger on an electronic tablet or a computer’s mouse to sign their name, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax explained.

The device then mimics the person’s signature and places it on a document, in this case a voter registration application.

“The Allpoint pen technology…requires signature motions be recorded on an electronic device and transmitted to a machine that reproduces a signature, does not satisfy the requirements for Oklahoma Voter Registration Applications or National Voter Registration Act applications…because the resulting signatures are not original signatures,” the attorney general wrote.

Voters who tried to register using the Allpoint Pen will receive letters and information on how to register properly. The deadline for registrations for the November 4th election is October 10th.

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