California Launches Online Voter Registration Site

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 9:07am

Photo: seal of the state of CaliforniaCalifornia recently became the 13th U.S. state to facilitate fully online voter registration.

"Though most states still cannot offer online voter registration, I am thrilled to say the largest state in the nation is ready to roll," Secretary of State Debra Bowen said in a statement announcing the new system. 

The new registration system allows California residents to use their existing state issued identification number (like a driver's license or other state identification card) to create or update their voter registration.  Previously, residents who visited the site were asked to download, print, and fill out a paper form they could then mail in for processing, which took about a week to complete.  The new system greatly reduces the wait time for processing, although county elections officials still must review and approve the online submissions before voters are approved.

National Voter Registration Day, a nonpartisan movement to ensure all eligible residents can exercise their right to vote in 2012, encourages everyone to complete their initial registration or confirm their voter registration is up to date on September 25, 2012.  You can stay on top of the buzz surrounding National Voter Registration Day on Twitter by following the hashtag #925NVRD.

Voters interested in arts and arts education can stay informed of their local school board and municipal candidates' views by following #VoteArtsEdCA on Twitter.  In October, the California Alliance for Arts Education will publish its statewide Candidate Survey Project.  Arts for LA, as a local partner of the Candidate Survey Project, will provide candidate surveys for municipal and school board elections in Los Angeles County.

The voter registration application is at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. Paper applications are available at many government offices, DMV offices, post offices, public libraries, and more. The last day to register to vote for the November 6 General Election is October 22.