An initiative petition that would make it easier to register to vote could reach the Legislature next year after more than 125,000 signatures were turned in last week to county clerks for verification. The Automatic Voter Registration Initiative would amend state law to require the Department of Motor Vehicles to transmit information to the secretary of state’s office to register people to vote or update their information. People could opt out of the program. Right now, people can register to vote at the DMV, but they have to “opt in.”
A second petition effort seeking to put a voter ID measure in front of lawmakers failed when no signatures were turned in by the Nov. 8 deadline.
County clerks have until Dec. 1 to verify the signatures. The petition needs at least 55,234 valid signatures to be approved.