The big sticking point in online voter registration is your signature. Anyone can check a box and say that they’re you, but, theoretically, only you can physically sign your name. So whenever voter registration groups start talking about making it easier to register online, they always get shut down with the “how can we be sure it’s you” response. Enter Verafirma. The company has figured out a way to let people sign up online AND get a physical signature, and you’re going to laugh when I tell you how they did it.

 

It works with mobile devices, so when you get to the part where you sign your name, you use your finger on the screen and sign. When you hit “submit” the program triggers a pen, somewhere in the physical world, to sign your name on a form. I’m picturing a room full of rows and rows of squeaky metal bars attached to quills, scribbling madly. So far so good, since there’s no way to tell, when the ink hits the paper, whether a signature is real or not. Verafirma successfully signed up people in Nevada for that state’s recent Republican caucus.

“I think the best compliment I can give is not to say how much your programs have taught me (a ton), but how much Marketplace has motivated me to go out and teach myself.” – Michael in Arlington, VA

As a nonprofit news organization, what matters to us is the same thing that matters to you: being a source for trustworthy, independent news that makes people smarter about business and the economy. So if Marketplace has helped you understand the economy better, make more informed financial decisions or just encouraged you to think differently, we’re asking you to give a little something back.

Become a Marketplace Investor today – in whatever amount is right for you – and keep public service journalism strong. We’re grateful for your support.