Californians can register to vote with the click of a mouse in a new online system launched Wednesday.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen said she hopes making the process easier will mean more participation in the Nov. 6 election. Some 6.5 million Californians who are eligible to vote are not registered, she said.
"Today, the Internet replaces the mailbox for thousands of Californians wishing to register to vote," Bowen said at a Sacramento news conference.
The online system will search the Department of Motor Vehicles database for the applicant's driver's license and other identifying information and match it to the electronic form. The potential voters can authorize elections officials to use an electronic image of their DMV signature to complete the application.
County elections officials would still need to verify the information, though, and those without driver's licenses or state identification cards must still register on paper.
The system is available through the secretary of state's website: https://rtv.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote.