October 22, 2020
Could voter registrations have been greater?
SAN FRANCISCO Ė (INT) - Voter registration has surged in California.

The California Secretary of State reports 85% of eligible Californians are on the voter rolls, an unprecedented 11% increase from the same point in 2016, the Public Policy Institute of California reported. The drama of national politics in recent years has stoked interest in the election, leading more Californians to register.

The California New Motor Voter (CNMV) Act, implemented in 2018, may have played a role because Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) customers must engage with voter registration to complete certain transactions.

Signs that the DMV shutdown mattered are mixed.

Registrations did peak with the 2020 primary and then fall off quickly, but the steepest drop came before the DMV shut down.

More to the point, the pattern for 2016 looks similaródespite the absence of either CNMV or a pandemic. (The numbers are otherwise comparable because the stateís population hasnít grown much since 2016.)

So the good news is that, at least in terms of average weekly counts, the stateís registration is no worse off under COVID-19 than it was four years ago, the PPIC concluded.
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