California joins the 21st century, launches online voter registration

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen launched a long-awaited online voter registration system Wednesday. Finally: the Golden State has joined the 21st century.

With just seven weeks until the November 6 General election, which features the presidential race and 11 statewide ballot initiatives, the new online registration system comes at a crucial time.

To be eligible to vote November 6, complete electronic forms must be submitted before midnight (Pacific Time) on October 22.

To register online you need your California driver license or identification card number, the last four digits of your social security number and your date of birth. Your information will be provided to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to retrieve a copy of your DMV signature. You can do so here: https://rtv.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote/

State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) authored the legislation, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year, that makes California the 11th state to offer online voter registration.

“I am thrilled to see that we are finally using technology to help people participate in our democracy,” said Yee in a statement last month. “Online registration will help increase voter participation, especially among young people and other traditionally disenfranchised citizens.”

The state’s 11 ballot measures cover everything from Jerry Brown’s tax proposal to efforts to repeal the death penalty and require labeling of genetically engineered foods. Are you ready? Take this quiz on the 11 ballot props and find out: http://www.mercurynews.com/quiz/ci_21546571/quiz-california-ballot

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