New California law expands same-day voter registration

California will allow voters to register on Election Day at all polling places in 2020.

Legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom expands conditional voter registration in the state. Voters who register conditionally on Election Day won’t have their ballots counted until their registration has been verified.

In the 2018 election more than 57,000 people cast ballots after registering in such a manner.

California's voter registration period closes 15 days prior to Election Day. The conditional registration period is anytime between 14 days prior to an election and Election Day.

The bill's author, Democratic state Sen. Tom Umberg says most counties only offer such registration at a single site. He says expanding the option to every polling place will make voting more accessible.

 

Dawn Kamber