September is National Voter Registration Month

SACRAMENTO – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla recognized September 2017 as National Voter Registration Month, Sept. 1, and urged all eligible citizens to register to vote or update their registration at www.registertovote.ca.gov.

“Citizen participation in elections is the foundation of our democracy,” Padilla said. “As California’s chief elections officer, I want to ensure that every eligible citizen’s voice is heard in shaping the future of our state and nation by casting a ballot. The first step to casting a ballot is to register to vote.

“National Voter Registration Month is also a great reminder that if you’ve moved, changed your name or now prefer a different political party, you should update your registration. Recently naturalized citizens should also register to vote to ensure they can cast a ballot in future elections.”

The National Association of Secretaries of State established National Voter Registration Month in September as a nonpartisan means of encouraging voter participation and increasing awareness about state requirements and deadlines for voting. Padilla also supports the independently organized National Voter Registration Day effort, which will be held Sept. 26, 2017.

Register to vote. Eligible U.S. citizens who are 18 years of age or older and meet other requirements may register to vote. Additionally, eligible California 16- and 17-year-olds may now register to vote, though they are unable to vote until the age of 18 at which time their voter registration will automatically be activated.

Check voter registration information online. Updating voter registration information is critical for U.S. citizens who have recently moved, changed their name, want to change their political party preference or have recently had their voting rights restored. Registered voters can check their voter status by visiting www.voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/.

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