For Immediate Release: September 19, 2012
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California Online Voter Registration System Hits the Web
State Assemblyman Jose Solorio encourages eligible citizens – even from the comfort of their couch – to register to vote online at RegistertoVote.ca.gov
Anaheim – State Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) praised a long-awaited online voter registration system launched today by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen. The new system will allow the entire voter registration process — including an electronic signature — to be handled through a secured internet website. Signatures will be verified through a cross-check process with Department of Motor Vehicle records.
“Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and every Californian who is eligible to vote should do so,” says Solorio. “In the past, certain barriers have prevented easy registration. However, with this new online voter registration system, there are no excuses for not voting. Eligible citizens can now even sign up in their pj’s from the comfort of home on their laptops, tablets, or smart phones.”
FILE: Assemblyman Solorio on the Assembly Floor. Publications click for larger image.
According to state records, there are more than six million eligible Californians who have not registered to vote.
“This new system ensures the integrity of our voting process, will increase voter participation and will decrease costs to county election offices,” said Solorio.
Earlier this year, Secretary of State Bowen secured $1.8 million in federal funding for this phase of the voter registration application project, which included Help America Vote Act dollars and a grant from the Federal Voting Assistance Program. As a result, some counties, including the County of Orange, will be able to access all of the functionality of the Secretary of State’s online registration process.
Californians will have more than a month to use the point-and-click registration system before the Oct. 22 deadline to qualify for casting ballots this year for the November 6 Presidential Election. When a person registers online, the system will search the DMV database for the applicant’s California driver license or identification card number, date of birth, and last four digits of the applicant’s social security number. If the information is found and the applicant authorizes elections officials’ use of the DMV signature, an electronic image of the DMV signature will be added to that voter registration application. If there is no signature on file with DMV, all of the applicant’s information will still be transmitted to the county elections office; the applicant will just need to click “print,” then sign the paper application and mail it.
The voter registration application can be found at www.RegisterToVote.ca.gov. For more information on registering to vote, visit www.sos.ca.gov/elections.
State Assemblyman Jose Solorio represents the Sixty-Ninth Assembly District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana. For more information about Assemblyman Solorio, visit www.assembly.ca.gov/solorio.