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Californians Can Now Register To Vote Online

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California's voter registration system has entered the 21st century.

Yesterday the Secretary of State launched a website that allows Californians to register to vote online. California joins 12 other states that allow online registration.

The system only works for residents who already have a driver's license or a state identification card. It works by matching identifying information plugged into the online registration form with the DMV's database, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Previously, voters had to complete their registration on a form and mail it in, which added a week or two to the process. The deadline for registering in time for the November 6 election is October 22.

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At a press conference Secretary of State Debra Bowen said she hoped moving the registration process online would encourage 6.5 million Californians—more than a quarter of eligible voters—to register who haven't been added to the voting rolls.

Some critics of the system said that they're worried that, like three other states, the system will crash as the deadline for registration approaches. Or they're worried that the system could be hacked.

State Republicans voted unanimously to oppose the new registration system, saying that they were worried about security. They said they would rather hold out for a long-awaited, comprehensive and secure database that would contain all of the state's voter information, the Times reports.