Support Same Day Voter Registration AB 1436 In a politically-charged election year, many states are dealing with ballot access as a key issue to our democracy. However, most of these efforts across more
the country in places such as Pennsylvania, Florida and Texas have sought to limit those who can vote, further pushing more and more voters into de facto disenfranchisement.
This isn't the case in California, where the state legislature is attempting to pass AB 1436, which would give non-registered voters the ability to register and vote on election day. Assemblymember Mike Feuer sponsored the bill which will allow many previously ineligible, yet completely legitimate, access to participate in the democratic process. This bill allows individuals who meet the criteria to vote to register and vote on the same day.
Same Day Voter Registration, which is wholeheartedly supported by the California College Democrats, is already in place in 10 states with very successful results. These laws have been implemented in both Red and Blue states, and have served to increase voter participation across the board, while maintaining the integrity of our electoral process. The issue of Same Day Voter Registration also helps ensure the enfranchisement of college students who move more often than voters of older ages. In a time of budget cuts to state education and impending debt to be passed on to younger generations, the voice of college students and young voters across the state cannot be more important than it is today.
Passing this bill is essential for the state of California in order to improve upon the democratic principles the nation was founded on. The California College Democrats and our dozens of chapters along with thousands of members across the state strongly urge the state legislature to pass this bill for good of all Californians. less