ELECTIONS COMMITTEE APPROVES YEE’S BILL TO EXPAND ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION

Legislation would require link to online registration on every state government website

SACRAMENTO – On a 3-1 vote, the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments today approved legislation that will require a link to California’s online voter registration system on every state government website.

The bill – SB 44 – is authored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) who also authored the law that created the online registration system, which resulted in approximately 800,000 Californians registering to vote online prior to last November’s election.

“The use of online voter registration was overwhelming, but we need to continue to find new ways to get as many citizens as possible involved in our democracy,” said Yee. “When Californians access their state government via the internet, we should encourage them to vote and have their voice heard at the ballot box.”

“There are more than 5 ½ million eligible Californians who are not registered to vote,” said Yee. “Senate Bill 44 will help us reach these individuals and significantly increase the voter rolls.”

SB 44 is supported by California Common Cause, League of Women Voters, CALPIRG, California Teachers Association, California Nurses Association, California Church Impact, SEIU Local 1000, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

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