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Online Voter Registration Advances

Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 5:30am

Online voter registration may soon be allowed in California.  A Senate committee approved a measure Tuesday that would let citizens register through their county elections department’s website.

The bill’s author, San Francisco Democrat Leland Yee, says elections officials would use a voter’s signature from the D-M-V to verify information.  Officials could compare that signature to the voter’s signature at a polling place.

Yee says, “hopefully through that, you’ll have a secure system but also an efficient system and hopefully through that, increase people’s participation in our Democratic process.”

Republicans opposed the bill, raising concerns about fraudulent registrations and online security.

The bill faces one more committee test before moving to the Senate floor.  If it becomes law, Californians could register to vote online for next year’s presidential primary and general elections.

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