CALIFORNIANS ARE a bit closer to being able to register to vote online, thanks to the leadership of State Senator Leland Yee, D-San Francisco. Several other states already offer online registration, while California has lagged behind - and the Senator wants that to change.
Senate Bill 397, authored by Senator Yee, received a key affirmative vote in the state Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee. The Senator said, "In the 21st century, especially here in California, it is long overdue to have online voter registration." "SB 397 will not only help protect the integrity of the vote, but will allow many more individuals the opportunity to register and participate in our democracy."
Under the bill, citizens would input their voter information online and the county elections office would use the voter's signature from the Department of Motor Vehicles to verify authenticity. That signature could be matched against the voter's signature at the polling place.
Arizona has implemented online voter registration and some counties saw their costs decrease from 83 cents per registration to 3 cents per registration.
If Mr. Yee's bill is approved by the full Legislature and signed into law, it would allow counties to begin using online voter registration for the 2012 Presidential Primary election.