National Voter Registration Day and a New Voting Experience
September 11, 2017
by Maria Dacanay
Every election, millions of Americans do not vote because they miss the registration deadline, do not update their registration or simply do not know how to register. September 26 is National Voter Registration Day and the City Clerk’s Office is joining this national effort to ensure that no one misses the opportunity to vote due to a registration problem.
To register to vote in California, you must be a US citizen, a resident of California, and be at least 18 years old. Eligible citizens with California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) records may conveniently register online. In addition, 16 and 17 year olds with DMV records may now pre-register to vote and registration would automatically be activated at the age of 18. To register online and check your registration status, go to smvote.org.
If you think registering is easy, then wait until you experience how easy voting will be in 2018. We encourage you to visit City Hall from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26 to test out the LA County Clerk’s new Voting System, pick up a free giveaway, and register or update your registration. We also encourage you to visit us after work at 6:30 p.m. to attend the City Council meeting to hear County Clerk Dean C. Logan’s presentation and vision for the new voting experience which includes:
- An early voting period
- Accessible vote by mail drop-off locations
- Interactive sample ballots and accessible ballot marking devices
- Large voting centers throughout the County
- Electronic rosters and modern tally systems for poll workers
Online registration and new voting systems are modernizing the voting experience. Be a part of it and register or update your registration on September 26 and share your experience on social media by using #NationalVoterRegistrationDay. Information on the LA County’s new voting system and voting centers may also be found at smvote.org.