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How do I register to vote in California? Can I organize a voter registration drive in my parish?

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A new law in California will automatically register to vote all citizens receiving a California Drivers’ License. The law is in the process of being implemented and many of the policy and procedures are now being developed.

You are eligible to vote if you meet the following requirements:

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • A California resident.
  • 18 years old or older on Election Day.
  • Not in prison, on parole, serving a state sentence in county jail, serving a sentence for a felony pursuant to subdivision (h) of Penal Code section 1170, or on post-release community supervision.
  • Not found to be mentally incompetent by a court.

While the State and the Department of Motor Vehicles are implementing the new law, you can download a voter registration form and complete it. If the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has your signature on file, you may register online. It’s best to follow the instructions on the DMV website.

Voter registration drives are encouraged because they increase civic participation. Discuss your idea with your local diocese and with your County Registrar of Voters.

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