Registered to vote? Today is last day for Californians to register online for Nov. 8 election
As California gears up for its presidential election, the deadline for the state’s voters to register online has just passed.
The last day to register in the state is now August 23 — and it’s not because of a lack of interest or enthusiasm from citizens in the state.
“I actually don’t think this is an issue; I think it’s an issue of the legislature. They had the nerve to say the last day is July 31, and if we don’t fill the room, the room will go to another location,” said Alex Spiro, president of the California Democratic Party, after the election results were announced Tuesday morning.
Spiro points to Assembly Bill 30 (AB 30) and Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of AB 375 — a $7.5 billion expansion of medical and hospital care to include California in its medical tourism boom.
While the governor’s signature on AB 30 was not needed for the deadline to pass, Spiro said the state legislature must take action to provide the resources necessary to process the increased volume of applications received to register.
“I think the legislature has to step up and make sure they take action to take care of the new voters that are coming into the state, and I really don’t want to see a situation where they just take off summer … and no one takes care of the voters, and they end up with no one voting,” Spiro said.
The state’s deadline was extended from July 31 to August 23 so that more people could register to vote.
If the legislation is not approved, Spiro said, the situation could become a state wide problem.
“It’s a little late, but we’ll make sure the voters are represented in the process and they are getting their ballots,” Spiro said.