The Secretary of State’s office says an online registration system could be in place as early as 2010. First the state has to set up a statewide voter database – a project already underway. Kim Alexander with the California Voter Foundation says she thinks more people might sign up to vote because of the online option:
“A lot of people, particularly young people are more accustomed to filling out forms on computers, so I think it will help attract more young people to register to vote.”
Alexander says it’ll also be more convenient for people who want to change their address or party affiliation. Right now they have to fill out a whole new form. Alexander says security is a concern – but there are ways to protect voters’ privacy. The Secretary of State’s Office says there will be a number of anti-fraud protections built into the system.