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Online Voter Registration Launches in California

Voters whose signature is already on file with the California Department of Motor Vehicles can submit their voter registration forms electronically.

Californians voters have until Oct. 22 to register for the November presidential election and now it is easier to do so, it was announced Wednesday.

Voters whose signature is already on file with the California Department of Motor Vehicles can submit their voter registration forms to county elections offices electronically by visiting RegisterToVote.ca.gov.

State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, who authored the measure, said it comes in stark contrast to controversial voter ID laws in Pennsylvania and Ohio, among other states aimed at reducing fraud, according to their proponents.

“This is an incredibly exciting day for California and for our democracy,” Yee said. “While some states are suppressing the rights of voters, here in California we are proudly increasing participation.”

Yee said the online registration system is an example of ways government can bring more voters to the polls, noting that just 44 percent of eligible California voters participated in the 2008 presidential race. He said six million eligible voters haven’t yet registered.

“As a model example of a democratic government, it is embarrassing that our voter participation rates are as low as they are,” Yee said. “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.”

Election officials say the plan will reduce costs and eliminate administrative errors. Arizona, which implemented a similar program five years ago, reports a decrease of up to 83 cents per registration, and a savings of more than $1 million alone in Mariposa County.

“Though most states still cannot offer online voter registration, I am thrilled to say the largest state in the nation is ready to roll. Today the Internet replaces the mailbox for thousands of Californians wanting to register to vote,” said Secretary of State Debra Bowen, California’s chief elections officer.

To register to vote, a Californian must complete a brief voter registration application on paper or online.

“Online or on paper, California’s laws and procedures for processing voter registration applications are identical. Security is a critical part of elections, and I want to emphasize this online application is not ‘automatic registration.’ The information provided in an online application still must be verified by a county elections official before an applicant can be added to the voter rolls," Bowen said.

Paper applications are still available at many government offices, DMV offices, post offices, public libraries, and more.

When a person registers online, the system will search the DMV database for the applicant’s California driver license or identification card number, date of birth, and last four digits of the applicant’s social security number.

If the information is found and the applicant authorizes elections officials’ use of the DMV signature, an electronic image of the DMV signature will be added to that voter registration application.

If there is no signature on file with DMV, all of the applicant’s information will still be transmitted to the county elections office; the applicant will just need to click “print,” then sign the paper application and mail it. (California law requires that the applicant sign the voter registration application, which is considered a legal affidavit.)

As always, the county elections official will contact the applicant when the voter registration application is approved or when more information is needed to confirm eligibility.

Residents of California are eligible to vote if they are U.S. citizens; at least 18 years old by Election Day; not in prison or county jail (serving a state prison sentence or a term of more than one year in jail for a defined “low-level” felony) or on parole, post-release community supervision or post-sentencing probation for a felony conviction; and not judged by a court to be mentally incompetent.

A person must re-register to vote after moving, changing names or changing political party preference.

TVOR September 27, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Sam, your assumptions about my character are simply moronic. I am a combat veteran and have a love for firearms because of my upbringing. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you they have never seen me with a gun. I don't like guns because they make me feel big. If you don't want to be able to defend yourself from an armed assailant then don't have a gun, but don't try to take away the rights of others because you disagree. Do some research and you will find that firearms are frequently used to save lives and prevent serious crimes. You won't hear much about it from the left leaning press but it happens.
Sam Bradstreet September 27, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Still waiting Roy........your threats are just as big as your lies about what you say I claimed about being a vet. If you have proof......show me. Otherwise its just more of your BS......Roy is powerless, and I hope this proves to others he has threatened, not to worry. He isn't able to follow through with anything. Not only is he a deadbeat Dad, he is also a powerless puke, who trys to pull power plays.
Sam Bradstreet September 27, 2012 at 05:30 PM
The latest release of the Gallup Daily tracking poll Wednesday showed President Barack Obama leading Republican nominee Mitt Romney by six percentage points (50 to 44 percent), a shift from the tied race their tracking had shown just five days earlier. Other polls have shown similar Obama leads in recent weeks, but some saw the Gallup shift as evidence of further damage to Romney from his now infamous comments on "the 47 percent" at a private fundraiser. Less noticed and perhaps more important is that Obama's September gains in voter preference match a modest but critical boost in his job approval ratings, as Gallup reported on Thursday.
Sam Bradstreet September 27, 2012 at 05:31 PM
A new wave of polls offer a closer look at the political aftermath of Mitt Romney's comments on the "47 percent," with an overwhelming number of voters responding that they both knew of the now-infamous video of Romney at a private fundraiser and viewed him less favorably as a result. The Republican presidential nominee has been widely criticized for saying that nearly half of Americans back President Barack Obama because they are government-dependent "victims" who believe they are "entitled" to health care, food and housing.
Sam Bradstreet September 27, 2012 at 05:42 PM
40 days left and Obama keeps surging. Republicans can only say that the polls are dishonest. Thats all they have......This is going to be Obama in a landslide. Obama- 343 electoral votes Romney- still only 191. In EVERY battleground state Obama's points have risen. The President will win. The Senate will be safe and there is an outside chance that the House will fall to Democrats. It couldn't be working out any better.
Theotis September 27, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Typical lib
Theotis September 27, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Its too bag your Uncle Roy didn`t pull out of your Mom 60 years ago so we wouldn`t have to listen to your nonsense.It is your Moms fault.
Theotis September 27, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Maybe your boy Obammy can dedicate when its finished
TVOR September 27, 2012 at 09:34 PM
The Republican, no surprise there. I kinda got sucked into his world because it is a subject that is very important to me.
Sam Bradstreet September 27, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Hey Roy, how many times have you opened an account with one of my pictures you stole off LinkedIn or Facebook?? My count is 6. Talking to Jeanette, you have never pulled your gun......your a constant liar......youre full of dog crap. You threatened to come and get me, I'm waiting coward boy.....oh thats right, you'll have to face someone thats not a woman and thas tougher for bullies like you. Roy Holmgren beat his wife, threatened my wife, threatened to kill hi new girlfriend. Don't take my word for it......take Holmgren's own word for abuse and restraining orders.....LOL http://mydivorcestrategy.blogspot.com/
Sam Bradstreet September 27, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Roy Holmgren is so mentally deranged he even went so far as to place himself in my graduating Junior High School class looking to dig for information. He opened an account on LinkedIn, not for a company he works for but used a fake company, and of course he has no associates. What he does to is try and enter every bit of social information and find people who have any connection to you.......thats what a stalker is and he is the ultimate stalker.
Sam Bradstreet September 27, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Romney is soooo desperate he now has to embrace Romneycare, even if it is the model for Obamacare.......LOL.......Etch-A-sketch man changes each day......ihe changes his core beliefs at every turn and is so tough because he has bowed to the very extreme of his base and its hard to come back to the middle from the Extreme Right.
Sam Bradstreet September 27, 2012 at 10:13 PM
It looks like the four loudest Tea Bagger voices of the Right, Michele Bachmann, Steve King, Allen West and deadbest dad Joe Walsh all are close to losing next month.......what happened tea baggers?
Sam Bradstreet September 27, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Latest battle ground polls Ohio- (O)-51% (R)-43% Florida- (O)-50% (R)-44% Penn.-(O)-51% (R)-41% Wisconsin-(O)-51% (R) 45% Michigan- (O)-53% (R) 43% North Carolina (O) 47% (R) 47% Colorado (O) 49% (R) 46% With 40+ days till election, in the electoral college it is a LANDSLIDE for the President.....
Sam Bradstreet September 27, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Another threat,,,,,,,,keep them coming.....all over political comments with your side losing......Liberal Landslide. Who on this website agrees with this Extremist nutcase, that you should settle arguments with threats of violence. First off Loser, I don't back down and I'm going to find out who has fed you information. They are accomplices to your threats. Roy, you being a crack shot does not make you a tough guy. Tough guys don't have to talk tough. It is LOSERS that talk like you. People with inferior personalities. Now I know what happened to your daughters face......target practice....... No, it makes my point of how threatening your stalking is, people take out restraining orders...your a danger. Anyone passing on personal information to this violent predator had better worry that they are not included in a criminal and civil action. Murrieta Patch I hold you responsible for allowing someone to threaten a poster with a gun, without contacting the police......thats you Maggie. If anything happens to anyone in my family, over political arguments on a blog, I will own the patch. Bring it Roy Lee Holmgren.....I'm waiting......but youre never comiing.....coward..
Sam Bradstreet September 27, 2012 at 11:58 PM
California Penal Code 422 PC defines the crime of "criminal threats" (formerly known as terrorist threats). A "criminal threat" is when you threaten to kill or physically harm someone and that person is thereby placed in a state of reasonably sustained fear for his/her safety or for the safety of his/her immediate family, the threat is specific and unequivocal and you communicate the threat verbally, in writing, or via an electronically transmitted device.1 Criminal threats can be charged whether or not you have the ability to carry out the threat...and even if you don't actually intend to execute the threat.2 Examples Examples of conduct leading to a criminal threats charge include (but are by no means limited to): threatening to shoot another person while you are holding a gun, a recently fired employee calling the former boss and saying "you and the office staff better watch your backs," texting your ex that you're going to set fire to her apartment.
Sam Bradstreet September 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM
So thats four times on the Murrieta Patch that Roy Lee Holmgren has threatened to shoot me. It leaves my wife and I in fear that this stalker could be hiding around a corner and take a pot shot at one of us.
Sam Bradstreet September 28, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Roy, I already printed it.
Sam Bradstreet September 28, 2012 at 12:17 AM
This is for the Editor- Maggie, doesn't it scare you when some nutcase goes around claiming he's going to shoot another poster????? Why haven't you notified the Murrieta police????? Wouldn't that be the proper thing to do when you read of such graphic threats to me and my family?
Sam Bradstreet September 28, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Why has the Republican been allowed to keep posting on here??? I have to question the ethics of the editor who has allowed a person with a violent, stalking history, to continue to make violent physical threats to me and my family??? Is it that you are also a Republican and defend some of the things he says??? Is that the ethics you and the Patch set. I am not complaining about his name calling. I have been guilty also, but I have never EVER threatened to hurt him or his family in any way. I have just been very vocal about getting facts of his civil and criminal records so others can protect themselves. So if the Patch is suppose to be such a help to Murrieta and Temecula, why would you allow a poster to continue to post after four violent threats to my person. You also will remember he impersonated me and I had to call your Corporate office to have the posts removed. I would just like to know why this has been allowed????
The Republican September 28, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Notify the police over what Jeff? I will tell you what Jeff. I will go visit the MPD for the forth time in three months. All visits were about you. I will tell them the truth. I will tell them what will happen if you are a risk to my kids. I will give them your name and address(s) and tell them them they need to check you out because I think you are psycho and my kids could be at risk. Sounds good to me. Maybe we can prevent a tragedy huh? I will show them your felony warrant too.
Sam Bradstreet September 28, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I have repeatedly said, I am no threat to anyone........I can't leave my home. I have never said I have a gun and would shoot you or anyone else. You just said that youre going to shoot me and not going to miss....because youre a crack shot......thats a huge difference. Maggie........please inform the Murrieta police.
Sam Bradstreet September 28, 2012 at 12:42 AM
If you don't call the DA and the Murrieta Police Maggie I will civilly sue you and the Patch, especially because you have still allowed this total creep to continue to post.
The Republican September 28, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Jeff your threats are worthless. They are as worthless as the times you said you called the police and didn't . As worthless as the non existent restraining order you said you sent your wife to get. As worthless as when you said you had the DA after me and I went down and they had heard nothing. You are a joke little fat man. You are my bitch.
The Republican September 28, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Jeff you are truly insane you twist my words and its crazy how you do it. I said and I quote"But don't worry jeff. I already have a nice plan for you. It will be an easy take downwith no weapon needed. little fat man" You are taking a conditional threat and repeating only half. That is what psycho people do. It also concerns me deeply. crazy people do crazy things Jeff. You are crazy . That is why when you talk crazy about my kids the red flags shoot up. Now you are panicking. You know you fucked up.
Sam Bradstreet September 28, 2012 at 01:02 AM
What does it take Maggie for you to stop this violent angry man from posting and threatening.??
Sam Bradstreet September 28, 2012 at 01:09 AM
The defendant willfully threatened to unlawfully kill or unlawfully cause great bodily injury to the victim or the victim’s immediate family; The defendant made the threat (orally/in writing/by electronic communication device); The defendant intended that his/ her statement be understood as a threat and intended that it be communicated to the victim; The threat was so clear, immediate, unconditional, and specific that it communicated to the victim a serious intention and the immediate prospect that the threat would be carried out; The threat actually caused the victim to be in sustained fear for his/ her own safety or for the safety of his/ her immediate family; and The victim’s fear was reasonable under the circumstances.
The Republican September 28, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Jeff I will be at MPD. I will call the DA in the morning and talk to them about this. We will discuss your felony warrant too. I am sure they will want to talk to you about bringing another man's kids into battles. Jeff you are a total dumbass retard. Even Sara Palin would call you that. Jeff they would have to shut the Patch down bro. I have 13 spare accounts as i am sure you do.
The Republican September 28, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Jeff remember one thing . I have been with murrieta PD several times as they ran my record. No arrests. No jail time No violence. Why the hell do you think your shrill whiney ass cries are worthless? Jeff you are nothing. you are just worthless trash that throws out lies. Also you are psycho Jeff Kleiner that is why I am on edge.
The Republican September 28, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Nope jeff it doesnt fly. I was drawing the line in the sand when it came to my kids. No DA or police officer will fault me for basically telling you to watch your ass when it comes to my kids. You are just a pussy Look at you Jeff; You are behaving like a spineless whiney ass bitch. And you are calling me yellow and a coward. Wow dude you are funny. ROTFLMFAO

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