California Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 1436, legislation by Assembly Member Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles), to increase voter turnout by allowing potential voters to register in the days preceding an upcoming election, including Election Day. Currently, voters must register at least 15 days prior to the next election.
“This new law will help assure that all eligible Californians will have the chance to determine who speaks for them in Washington, Sacramento and their home towns,” said Feuer. “By recognizing the importance of increasing voter turnout in our state, we are improving the democratic process in California.”
Currently in California, voter affidavits must be hand-delivered or postmarked to a county elections office at least 15 days before the election. Exceptions are made for people who become US citizens seven to 14 days before Election Day. These individuals are allowed to register and vote up to seven days prior to the election. Currently, 10 states allow some form of Election Day registration, including Connecticut, Idaho, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Although the provisions of AB 1436 will go into statute on Jan.1, 2014, the law will take effect when Vote Cal, the state’s federally mandated statewide voter database, is fully implemented by the Secretary of State’s office.
Source: Feuer’s office