September 19, 2012

California Voters May Now Register Online

SENATOR LELAND Yee, D-San Francisco, authored a bill in 2011 (SB 397) which created an online system for people whose signature is already on file with the state Department of Motor Vehicles to transfer their voter registration form electronically to county elections officials from the secretary of state's website.

"This change could certainly increase voter registration among young voters and other Internet-savvy Californians," said UC San Diego political science Professor Thad Kousser - but he doesn't expect it to change the political landscape in November.

State Senator Yee, who championed other efforts to increase voter participation, said "online registration is a logical step."

Just under 60 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the last presidential contest, and only 44 percent of eligible citizens voted.

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