State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, hailed today as the state’s first Online Voter Registration Day in an effort to get more residents to register online and vote.
An online registration system was launched last fall and allows citizens to submit voter forms electronically. The online system was created through legislation authored by Yee in 2011.
Yee, who is running for secretary of state in the 2014 election, encouraged California voters to register and vote in upcoming elections at an event this morning at the state building in San Francisco.
Longtime secretary of state Debra Bowen is being termed out of office in 2014.
Online access is touted as increasing voter participation, reducing election costs and increasing registration information accuracy, according to Yee’s office.
According to Yee, those who registered online last fall were more likely to cast a ballot in the November 2012 presidential election.
More than 910,000 state residents have used the online system to register to vote or update their registration in the past year, according to the senator’s office.
Sasha Lekach, Bay City News