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California Considering Automatic Voter Registration

Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio

The "Motor Voter" law would require that anyone who is eligible but not registered to vote would be automatically registered when receiving or renewing a California driver license or state ID card. People who do not wish to be registered would have 21 days to opt-out.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla supports the bill.    

"We ought to do anything and everything possible to ensure people participate, plain and simple," he says. "Recognizing that there's 6.6 million to 6.7 million eligible but unregistered Californian's out there." 

Padilla saysCalifornia's voting system has evolved over the years. He points to the vote-by-mail system. Initially it was only available to people with specific needs, now there are permanent vote-by-mail voters. He says the same opportunity to improve the process exists with voter registration.