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For Immediate Release
Oct. 4, 2010

Contact: Matthew Benson
Director of Communications
(602) 350-2834 - mobile

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Arizona’s online voter-registration system is recognized as innovative idea

EZ Voter leads the way for others to follow as example

PHOENIX PHOENIX: Arizona’s online voter-registration system has been commended as a “Bright Idea” by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School.

EZ Voter is among 173 innovative government programs from across the country receiving recognition this year from the Harvard Kennedy School. Arizona has been a pioneer in online voter registration. Since debuting EZ Voter in 2002, more than 1.6 million residents have registered to vote by visiting

“For thousands of Arizonans every month, has taken the hassle out of registering to vote,” said Secretary of State Ken Bennett. “Arizona has long been a leader of online voter registration, and I’m thrilled that the EZ Voter system is getting the national recognition it deserves.”

In September alone, nearly 27,000 Arizonans registered to vote safely and securely online through EZ Voter. News of the award couldn’t come at a better time: Midnight Monday, Oct. 4, is the deadline for Arizonans to get registered or update their registration in order to participate in the Nov. 2 General Election. If you’ve got an Arizona driver’s license or non-operating ID, you can visit to get registered or update your registration.

Bright Ideas is an initiative that recognizes creative and promising government programs and partnerships. The initiative is offered through the Innovations in Government Program, a program of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. This year’s inaugural Bright Ideas honorees were chosen by a panel of expert evaluators, including academics, practitioners and former public officials. EZ Voter and other honorees were selected from among nearly 600 applicants addressing issues such as poverty, environmental conservation and emergency management.

“For over 20 years we have been honoring the country’s most creative public sector initiatives through our Innovations in American Government Awards Program,” said Anthony Saich, director of the Ash Center. “The creation of Bright Ideas was a natural next step to shed light on an even greater number of noteworthy programs and practices across our nation and to encourage practitioners to make these ideas work in their own backyards.”

For more information on the Ash Center and its recognition of innovative government programs, visit

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