old_computer.jpgWelcome to the future! Now SF residents and all Californians can register to vote online by visiting either registertovote.ca.gov, or clicking the “Register to Vote” button on the SF Department of Elections website. As long as you’ve got access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer and a California Driver’s License or ID card you’re set, as the new online system interfaces with the DMV.

Individuals who do not have a signature on file with the DMV can also print out a completed registration form, sign it and mail it to their local election office.

Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Mateo/San Francisco, said that the move in other states to online registration has helped increase voter participation by making it significantly more convenient to register.

“We need to find new ways to increase voter participation and I am hopeful that making it easier to register will help get more people involved,” Yee said.

The service also requires your social security number and has yet to be developed in any other languages besides English and Spanish. Luckily, there’s a link provided to print out a voter’s registration form in eight other languages. Be sure to register to vote by Monday, October 22 if you’re looking to vote in the upcoming November 6 election.

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