Today is the first day of the rest of your life, but Wednesday was the first day you could register entirely online to vote.
That’s right, while some other states are, controversially, adding new ID requirements in order to vote, California has opened up the process a bit with an easy-to-use online registration form. As the Chronicle reported Wednesday:
Made possible by a 2011 bill authored by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, the online system will allow people whose signature is already on file with the state Department of Motor Vehicles to transfer their voter registration form electronically to county elections officials from the secretary of state’s website.
“It’s already really easy to register to vote,” Shannon Velayas, spokesperson for the California Secretary of State’s office, told KQED’s Erika Kelly. “You can get a registration form at any post office. And the Secretary of State’s office has had an online application you can fill out since 2009, which over half a million people have used to register.”
But that form you have to print, sign, and mail in to your county election office. Not anymore. “You just need to fill out the online information and click send,” says Velayas. “The county elections office takes that information and verifies it, just as they would a paper registration card to make sure that person is eligible to vote.”
The deadline to register is Oct. 22. And you can still do it the old-fashioned way, of course — entirely on paper.