BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Massachusetts is now the 21st state to offer online voter registration.

Secretary of State William Galvin said Tuesday that residents can use the new system to register to vote, change their address for voting purposes and even change party affiliation.

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Galvin says the new system will make it easier to register and vote in next year’s presidential election.

“I think the other hidden benefit of this system is it’s going to prevent clerical error,” Galvin said.

The Massachusetts primary is scheduled for March 1.

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The online voter registration system can be accessed at .

The Legislature approved a law that allowed for online voter registration as well as early voting in the November 2016 general election.

“If you don’t actually show up to vote, it’s meaningless, so you still have to go vote,” Galvin said.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports:

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