Online Voter Registration Coming Before November Election
Friday, September 7, 2012
Aired 9/10/12 on KPBS News.
California voters will be able to register to vote online in time for the November election.
California voters will soon be able to register to vote online.
Last year, the state legislature passed a law to implement an online voter registration system. The bill was authored by Senator Leland Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco and San Mateo.
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The plan for online registration was already in the works, but it was held up. The new law will help voters register in time for the November election.
San Diego County Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler said her office is currently working on installing the online voter registration software.
Currently, eligible voters could download an online voter registration form, but they still need to mail it.
Under the new system, voters will be able to fill out the registration form online and the county elections office will use the voter's signature from the Department of Motor Vehicles to verify the signature.
"You need to have a drivers license or California ID and the last four numbers of your social security number to register to vote automatically. If you don't have that you could still fill out a printable online registration form, sign it and mail it to the county registrars office," said Seiler.
The goal is to increase voter registration and cut down costs and the time it takes to process registration forms.
Seiler said she's not concerned about voter ID fraud and is very confident in the system in place. She said the Secretary of State has worked to make sure online voter registration process is highly secure.
Seiler said the installation of the system could take several days.
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