- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico is allowing voters to register online for the first time.

The secretary of state’s online system (https://bit.ly/1RThiLR ) began accepting new registration applications Friday. It also handles changes to names, addresses and political party affiliation.

The move is part of an effort that began a few years ago to modernize the system. The goal is to create a one-stop shop where voters can access and update their information online, find polling places and read sample ballots.

At least 26 other states offer online voter registration.

Registration requires a New Mexico driver’s license or state identification number. Applicants also need to provide a social security number, date of birth and address.

The online applications are being checked by county clerks to confirm eligibility and make sure there’s no duplication.

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