Online tools provide boost in voter registration

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Election workers are predicting a surge in voter registrations following Monday's widely watched presidential debate.

Cornerstones of Care in Midtown is one of many places around the metro where you can register to vote Tuesday as part of National Voter Registration Day.

But libraries, city halls, and other sites aren't getting a line of people waiting to register, in part because election workers say more and more citizens are finding it easier to register online.

You can even register to vote on your smartphone, using the social media app Snapchat.

This is particularly appealing to millennials who want to do everything at their fingertips. Thanks to a partnership with TurboVote, potential voters can check their eligibility and register entirely in Snapchat. The entire process takes only about a minute.

"They can do it online," said Bob Nichols, the Democratic Jackson County Elections Director. "Most of them are. You know us older folks, it took a little bit of time to get used to the computer age. These young people, they were growing up with it from the time they were infants."

The Jackson County Election Board just received more than 700 online voter registrations Monday from the Missouri Secretary of State. The Kansas Secretary of State also offers online registrations, with the additional requirement of including a scanned copy or photo of your driver's license or state ID.

October 12 is the deadline to register in Missouri for the November election. October 18 is the deadline in Kansas. If you use Snapchat to register, you'll have to do it by October 7, and the app will help you coordinate any paperwork your state may require.