SENATE DECLARES VOTER REGISTRATION DAY

As primary election registration deadline approaches, Yee authors resolution to declare Voter Registration Day

SACRAMENTO – Californians have two more weeks to register to vote in the June 5 Primary Election, and today, the State Senate unanimously approved legislation to declare Voter Registration Day in California.

SCR 81, authored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo), will officially declare September 25 as Voter Registration Day as part of a national coalition encouraging participation in our democracy leading up to the November 6 General Election.

“Far too often eligible voters fail to register and are shut out of our democracy,” said Yee. “In fact, approximately 30 percent of eligible voters do not register. This is a trend we must change.”

Registering to vote is about to get easier for Californians thanks to a law authored last year by Yee to establish an online voter registration system. While the system will not be ready by June Primary, it is expected to go live this summer allowing individuals to register for the Presidential Election in November.

“In the 21st century, especially here in California, it is long overdue to have online voter registration,” said Yee. “This new law 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.”

For now, Californians can fill out a voter registration card at the Department of Motor Vehicles, a United States Postal Office, or a local elections office.  Individuals can also print a voter registration card by visiting the website of their county elections office or the Secretary of State.

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