220,000 Californians Used New Online Voter Registration System in 2 Weeks

October 03, 2012

Yee-authored law allows Californians to register for upcoming presidential election via the internet

SACRAMENTO – According to the Secretary of State’s office, approximately 220,000 Californians have used the new online voter registration system during its first two weeks of operation.

As a result of a law (SB 397) authored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo), two weeks ago the new system began to allow citizens to register to vote via the internet or a mobile device. Those who have filled out the online registration form will now go through a verification process by county election officials before being added to the voter file.

“I am thrilled to see so many Californians using this new system to register to vote,” said Yee. “While some states are suppressing the rights of voters, here in California we are significantly increasing participation.”

The new online voter registration system allows citizens whose signature is already on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles to submit their voter registration form to their county elections office electronically via the internet or a mobile device by visiting RegisterToVote.ca.gov.

In the 2008 presidential election, only 44 percent of eligible California citizens voted. In fact, more than 6 million Californians are eligible to vote and yet are not even registered to do so.

“In just the two weeks of operation, online registration has saved county election offices thousands of dollars,” said Yee. “Election clerks do not have to spend as much time and money entering data from paper registrations, which also results in fewer administrative errors.”

Californians have until October 22 to register for the November election.

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