It might not be on the top of everyone’s calendar, but there’s another election coming up. The state primary election is June 3 and the last day to register for that election in May 19. In an effort to raise voter participation in the state, California’s Secretary of State has just added eight more languages to its online voting site. Now eligible voters in California can register to vote in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese. It’s also made the site more accessible to people with disabilities.
The question is, will those improvements to the website actually increase voter turnout in our increasingly multi-cultural state?
California ranks near the bottom in voter registration and voter participation. According to a recent study by Pew Charitable Trust, just more than 80 percent of eligible voters were registered in 2012 and only 56 percent actually voted.