California launches online voting registration, sees surge in applicants

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California this week became the 11th US state to offer online voting registration. Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced the move in a press release Wednesday, adding that the new system should make it easier to reach the 6.5 million eligible Californians who remain unregistered. The state’s website went live on Wednesday, and within its first 12 hours, saw more than 3,000 new registrations.

To register online, California residents must verify their identity by entering their date of birth, the last four digits of their social security number, and the number on their drivers license or state-issued identity card. With these fields completed, users can submit their application by authorizing the digital signature already on file with…

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