MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - When you talk about voter registration in Memphis, some interesting things have happened. For example, in 2008, there were 650,000 registered voters in Shelby County. Now.., there are 500,000.
The drop comes because people die, or move, or they are no longer considered active voters.
Whatever happened, according to State Senator Lee Harris (D-Memphis), it means getting registered to vote online is happening at the right time and in the right place. "I've been told," Senator Harris says, "based on the software that will roll out very soon, that they will be able to register to vote in 3 minutes or less."
It's not like voter registration has been really tough or complicated. But by using a smart phone, or a computer, well it just makes things easier.
State Senator Harris says the new technology, which is scheduled to be introduced state wide during the first week of September, comes along at just the right moment.
"A lot of people are engaged on a lot of issues from the confederate statues to what's happening in Washington with respect to Donald Trump," he says. "It gives them a place to redirect their energy, because they can walk around with one of these or an iPad and use it to register people."
The state of Tennessee is now about to add 21st century technology to something that has been around since the 18th century.
"I think this has been a long time coming," Senator Harris says. "It was supposed to roll out last year, but was delayed. They pushed it back one year. So a lot of us have been waiting a very long time."