Governor Jerry Brown Signs Election Day Voter Registration


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September 24, 2012

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Governor Jerry Brown Signs Election Day Voter Registration – AB 1436

Legislation will increase voter accessibility and participation

Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1436, Election Day Voter Registration, authored by Assembly Member Mike Feuer (D-West Hollywood) and advocated by California Common Cause. This new law would allow eligible voters to register and vote on Election Day and the weeks leading up to it. Current law requires people to register to vote at least two weeks prior to Election Day. Based on the experience of other states, Election Day Voter Registration will make it possible for hundreds of thousands ofeligible voters to vote in each election.

“Politicians in other states have been pushing new restrictive laws and campaigns to manipulate election results for their own political gain. In signing the new Election Day Registration bill into law, Governor Brown has taken a stand for fair and accessible elections,” said Kathay Feng, executive director of California Common Cause. “Voting brings us together as a Americans, and Election Day Registration will help strengthen our communities.”

AB 1436 was supported by over two dozen public interest and voting rights organizations. Election Day Voter Registration will be implemented after California implements a statewidevoter registration database, better known as VoteCal, possibly in 2015.