California may allow online voter registration
August 28, 2008
SACRAMENTO – Californians soon may be able to use their computers to register to vote.
Current law allows voters to fill out voter registration cards online, but they still must print the forms, sign them and mail them in.
State lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill that would let Californians register entirely online if they have signatures on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles for driver’s licenses or identification cards.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen is supporting the bill by Democratic Sen. Ron Calderon of Monterey Park.
It passed the Senate on a 22-15 vote without debate.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has not taken a position on the bill.
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Arizona and Washington use similar systems.
Calderon says it will increase voter participation while saving money.
Read SB381 at http://www.senate.ca.gov