California Secretary of State Alex Padilla this week urged all eligible citizens to register to vote or update their registration at registertovote.ca.gov, in honor of September as National Voter Registration Month.
“Citizen participation in elections is the foundation of our democracy,” Padilla said. “As California’s chief elections officer, I want to ensure that every eligible citizen’s voice is heard in shaping the future of our state and nation by casting a ballot. The first step to casting a ballot is to register to vote.”
The National Association of Secretaries of State established National Voter Registration Month in September as a nonpartisan means of encouraging voter participation and increasing awareness about state requirements and deadlines for voting. Secretary Padilla also supports the independently organized National Voter Registration Day effort, which will take place on September 26.
“National Voter Registration Month is also a great reminder that if you’ve moved, changed your name or now prefer a different political party, you should update your registration,” the secretary said. “Recently naturalized citizens should also register to vote to ensure they can cast a ballot in future elections.”
Eligible US citizens who are 18 years of age or older and meet other requirements may register to vote. Additionally, eligible California 16- and 17-year-olds may now pre-register to vote. Their voter registration will automatically be activated on their 18th birthday.
Citizens may check their voter registration information online. Updating voter registration information is critical for US citizens who have recently moved, changed their name, want to change their political party preference or have recently had their voting rights restored, Padilla said. Registered voters can check their voter status by visiting voterstatus.sos.ca.gov.
Source: Padilla’s office