September has been an exciting and busy month for voter registration legislation in California. The state passed two new registration laws which will make the registration process more accessible. Their passage is yet another reason we’re excited to celebrate voter registration this month.
The first bill allows “new citizens”–individuals who became citizens during the two weeks before Election Day–to both register and vote at a designated location in the two weeks preceding Election Day, as well as on Election Day itself. The second bill allows county elections officials to move ahead in developing their own online registration systems. California is currently developing a statewide registration database that will enable online registration, but due to various issues, it is still a few years away from completion.
Congrats to California for expanding voter registration opportunities!