On September 19, Secretary of State Debra Bowen and Senator Leland Yee launched California’s online voter registration system, increasing security, reducing cost, and allowing easier participation in the democratic process. Yee's legislation created this new online voter registration system, which is expected to increase voter turnout.
On September 24, Governor Jerry Brown signed a series of election reform bills, including SB 1001 (Yee) to modernize California’s campaign disclosure database and AB 1436 (Feuer) to allow same-day voter registration. Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) authored same-day registration in 2010 (SB 1140) and co-authored this year’s AB 1436. Yee also authored SB 376 to allow online voter registration, which was implemented last week. In 2012, Yee also passed SCR 81 t o declare tomorrow, September 25 as Voter Registration Day and SJR 29 to support a federal investigation on voter suppression laws.
Yee issued the following statement in response to these new laws: “I am thrilled to see Governor Brown sign these important bills. While some states are suppressing the vote, California is leading with real election reforms. Online registration and same-day registration will help increase participation in our elections and will strengthen our democracy. This is a proud day for California.”
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