Democratic State Senator Leland Yee says California is near the bottom of the list when it comes to voter turnout… His measure would allow Californians to register and vote on the same day—either Election Day or during early voting. Right now, voter registration is cut off two weeks before Election Day. California’s top elections official, Secretary of State Debra Bowen says the concept is a good one, but she hasn’t taken a position on the bill. She says she’s concerned about how to ensure people only vote once.
“We literally have between 23 and 25 thousand polling places in California in big Presidential years. I don’t know how you have that many terminals communicating to the most sophisticated database.”
Election Day voter registration would be contingent on California’s new statewide voter database, which is still in the works. Senator Yee’s measure now moves to the State Assembly.