AirTalk for September 21, 2012

California launches online voter registration, as Governor Brown weighs same-day registration bill

Immigration Ceremony

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A worker holds up a voter registration form at the naturalization ceremony for 7,362 immigrants at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 27.

Registering to vote in the Golden State is now just a click away. California’s new online voter registration launched yesterday in hopes of making the registering process easier for more people.

The online service will search through the DMV database to verify a resident’s identification and pair it with their information. Until now, potential voters had to to fill out paperwork and mail it in to be added to the voter polls. Meanwhile, Governor Jerry Brown is considering a new bill, AB 1436, which would allow voters to register up to election day. As it stands now, a resident must register at least 15 days before an election.


With low voter turnout statewide and over a quarter of Californians unregistered, the online registration service and AB 1436 could encourage more voter participation. Should California make it easier to vote? Should other states follow suit? How much of a concern is voter ID fraud with these new initiatives?


Tim Donnelly,California State Assemblyman, R-59th District (San Bernardino, San Dimas); Vice-Chair, Committee on Elections and Redistricting

Mike Feuer, California Assemblymember (D-42 Los Angeles). 42nd Assembly District includes West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, Bel Air, Brentwood, Hollywood, Hancock Park, Los Feliz, North Hollywood, Valley Village, Toluca Lake, Universal City, Studio City and Sherman Oaks.

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