California Governor Jerry Brown approved legislation to automatically register voters when they renew or obtain drivers licenses.
California became the second state, behind Oregon, a to enact automatic voter registration law — with the moving acting as a means of boosting the state’s voter rolls in response to record-low turnout in November 2014.
The bill was one of 13 that Brown signed, and will “help improve elections and expand voter rights and access in California.”
“The New Motor Voter Act will make our democracy stronger by removing a key barrier to voting for millions of California citizens,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said
“Citizens should not be required to opt in to their fundamental right to vote. We do not have to opt in to other rights, such as free speech or due process."
The law, which takes effect January 1, 2016, will not be enacted until June 2016 during the presidential primary election.
“It's removing the first barrier to voting, which is registration,” Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, the bill’s author, said. “It's going to lead to millions more Californians being registered to vote, which means more people we can talk to."