SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 13, 2017 Wolf Administration Announces More Pennsylvanians Using Online Voter Registration Than Paper Forms Efficiency, Government That Works, Innovation, Press Release, Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés announced today that 100,000 more new applicants used the state’s online voter registration (OVR) than applied with the traditional paper form in 2016.“OVR has made registration convenient, accurate and secure,” Governor Wolf said. “It just made sense that online registration should be the first step as we began our work to bring about much needed election reforms.”Secretary Cortés added that OVR is a hit with the public, attracting 5,000 users in its first week and more than 950,000 since its launch in August 2015.“Encouraging voter participation is one of the most important things I do as secretary of the commonwealth,” Secretary Cortés said. “With more than 858,000 users in 2016 alone, it is clear that Pennsylvania citizens recognize and welcome the ease of OVR.”The 2016 annual voter registration report (PDF) shows there were 8,646,238 registered voters as of Dec. 31, 2016, compared to 8,098,304 at the end of 2015.Secretary Cortés also commended the election offices in Pennsylvania’s 67 counties for their efforts to process voter registration applications, both electronic and paper.“It was a very busy year for election workers in every county,” he said. “They put forth great effort and successfully handled the challenge that comes with every presidential election.”The annual report, in addition to county and party breakdowns, also provides details of voter list maintenance activities during 2016 and outlines the department’s collaboration with other commonwealth agencies designated under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).
The USC Marshall School of Business’ Sports Business Institute and the USA TODAY Sports Media Group announced a new partnership to create an online platform for covering the business of sports on Tuesday.The new website, “The Fields of Green,” will utilize curated blog posts, columns and multimedia to offer analysis on breaking news and trends in the sports industry. Combining the acumen of experts and key players in the industry, the site will provide insight on factors such as media trends and new technologies affecting the sports business.“We are so pleased to be working with the USA TODAY Sports Media Group. Fields of Green brings something completely new to the table: timely, incisive analysis of issues in sports from a business perspective,” said David Carter, executive director of the Sports Business Institute and a national authority on sports business and strategic marketing, in a press release. “It’s a niche that no one else is filling, and a tremendous opportunity to shed light on the developments driving the sports business industry today.”Founded in 2005, the Sports Business Institute, housed within USC Marshall, was the first of its kind at a major academic institution and, according to its website, is “focused on understanding and furthering the sports business industry” through collaborative events, research and student-led consulting. In 2010, the institute published the book Money Games: Profiting from the Convergence of Sports and Entertainment.The goal of the partnership is to combine the global expertise of Marshall’s SBI with the global reach of USA TODAY. SBI will provide in-depth analysis and feature content for the website, and USA TODAY will provide the administrative and technological infrastructure to create the new online platform. Formed in 2011, the Sport’s Media Group sites are consistently among the top five most visited sports sites in North America, according to analytics firm ComScore.“Fields of Green will leverage our position as the top source of sports news and information in the country to expose a broad audience to the USC Sports Business Institute’s cutting-edge insight and seasoned analysis,” Dave Morgan, president of the USA TODAY Sports Media Group, said in a press release. “The synergies between us make our two organizations a solid match.”