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New voter registration card is more 'user-friendly,' state official says

Card available as last day to register is Oct. 20 for Nov. 4 election

Secretary of State Debra Bowen has unveiled a new California voter registration card that has been redesigned to make it more inviting and easy for voters to use.

"California´s old voter registration card looked more like an imposing tax form instead of a simple invitation to participate in democracy," said Bowen, who is the state's chief elections officer. "The new card is inviting, it´s intuitive, and most of all, it´s a visual reminder that registering to vote is quick and easy. I hope the new card encourages even more Californians to register before the Nov. 4 General Election."

The new card´s cleaner layout features simpler language, shorter sentences and a larger, more

readable font. It is less wordy, containing about 730 words, as opposed to more than 1,200 words on the previous version. An expert analysis conducted by Transcend Translations determined that the redesigned card is significantly more readable than its predecessor.

In addition, the new card helps eliminate confusion about how to sign up as a nonpartisan voter rather than register with a political party. According to Bowen, California´s fastest-growing segment of voters choose not to affiliate with any political party with near 20 percent of state voters listing "decline to state" as a party preference.

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However, some voters reported they accidentally registered as a member of the American Independent Party when they intended to register as nonpartisan, or as "independent" of any political party.

To address that, the new card poses the direct question "Do you want to register with a political party?" and gives voters a clear choice of checking the "No" box. The previous card listed "I decline to state a political party" as the last of seven boxes a voter could check off under the heading of "Political party - fill in one oval."

The first batch of redesigned cards is available now in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog,

Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese. The new cards will be phased in as county elections offices and groups that run voter-registration drives use up supplies of the old cards.

Images of the new California voter registration card and its predecessor are at

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http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/votered/vrc_new.pdf and http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/votered/vrc_old.pdf,

respectively.

The last day for eligible Californians to register to vote in the November 4 General Election is October 20. The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is October 28.

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New voter registration card is more 'user-friendly,' state official says

Card available as last day to register is Oct. 20 for Nov. 4 election

Uploaded: Mon, Jul 28, 2008, 7:10 am

Secretary of State Debra Bowen has unveiled a new California voter registration card that has been redesigned to make it more inviting and easy for voters to use.

"California´s old voter registration card looked more like an imposing tax form instead of a simple invitation to participate in democracy," said Bowen, who is the state's chief elections officer. "The new card is inviting, it´s intuitive, and most of all, it´s a visual reminder that registering to vote is quick and easy. I hope the new card encourages even more Californians to register before the Nov. 4 General Election."

The new card´s cleaner layout features simpler language, shorter sentences and a larger, more

readable font. It is less wordy, containing about 730 words, as opposed to more than 1,200 words on the previous version. An expert analysis conducted by Transcend Translations determined that the redesigned card is significantly more readable than its predecessor.

In addition, the new card helps eliminate confusion about how to sign up as a nonpartisan voter rather than register with a political party. According to Bowen, California´s fastest-growing segment of voters choose not to affiliate with any political party with near 20 percent of state voters listing "decline to state" as a party preference.

However, some voters reported they accidentally registered as a member of the American Independent Party when they intended to register as nonpartisan, or as "independent" of any political party.

To address that, the new card poses the direct question "Do you want to register with a political party?" and gives voters a clear choice of checking the "No" box. The previous card listed "I decline to state a political party" as the last of seven boxes a voter could check off under the heading of "Political party - fill in one oval."

The first batch of redesigned cards is available now in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog,

Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese. The new cards will be phased in as county elections offices and groups that run voter-registration drives use up supplies of the old cards.

Images of the new California voter registration card and its predecessor are at

http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/votered/vrc_new.pdf and http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/votered/vrc_old.pdf,

respectively.

The last day for eligible Californians to register to vote in the November 4 General Election is October 20. The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is October 28.

Comments

Paliki Lovaraju
Village High School
on Dec 26, 2008 at 11:24 pm
Paliki Lovaraju, Village High School
on Dec 26, 2008 at 11:24 pm
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Jose
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 27, 2008 at 9:14 am
Jose, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 27, 2008 at 9:14 am
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The only thing confusing about the voter registration process is the fact that there is no requirement to verify identity or citizenship.
It invites fraud; I think we would be horrified to learn how many non-citizens vote.
It is a democratic facade.


Pete
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 27, 2008 at 1:51 pm
Pete, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 27, 2008 at 1:51 pm
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It must be April fools early. One of the forms read,"If you do not have a California driver's license or ID card, list the last 4 numbers of your Social Security Number, if you have one..." _ _ _ _
Please.....that must be the answer.


Jose Costello
Del Prado
on May 5, 2010 at 2:02 am
Jose Costello, Del Prado
on May 5, 2010 at 2:02 am
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I worked hard to become a citizen and now anyone can vote and live here. This is unfair.


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