Legislation sponsored by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to modernize California’s voter registration system has been approved by the State Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee.
The California New Motor Voter Act, AB 1461, would register every eligible citizen who obtains or renews a driver’s license at California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices. It could potentially add millions of new registered voters to California’s voter rolls, according to Padilla. AB 1461 is jointly authored by Assembly members Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), and Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento).
“California saw record low voter turnout for the 2014 November general election,” Padilla said. “Currently, 6.6 million Californians are on the sidelines during election season because they are not registered to vote. The first step to improving voter turnout is to help boost the number of California citizens who are registered to vote. The New Motor Act would create a modernized, seamless voter registration process that can help empower millions of California citizens to participate in our democracy.”
Voters would retain their right to opt out or cancel their voter registration at any time. The proposed law would continue to protect people covered by existing confidentiality policies, such as victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
“Our democracy is at its strongest when the most people possible are participating, and the California New Motor Voter Act is an opportunity to easily bring millions of already eligible voters into the electoral process,” Gonzalez said. “By modernizing and streamlining the registration process, we can help ensure all Californians get the best possible representation.”
A recent study using Google search data estimated that three-to-four million Americans wanted to participate in the 2012 general election, but unfortunately could not vote because it was too late to register.
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