There are currently 5.5 million eligible but unregistered voters in California. Registration and participation for Latino, Asian, and Black Californians continues to lag behind that of white voters. California must do everything in its power to strengthen — not weaken — people's right to vote, and to close persistent participation gaps.

SB 72 will expand Election Day Registration to every polling site in California to make sure that any eligible Californian who wants to exercise their right to vote on Election Day can do so. This bill will make voting more accessible and ensure that all eligible voters' voices are heard, because no voter should be turned away on Election Day. Nine states and the District of Columbia offer same day registration at all their polling sites on Election Day. It’s time for California to catch up.

Bill Developments

October 8, 2019: Signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom
September 9, 2019: Passed Assembly floor
August 30, 2019: Approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee
June 19, 2019: Approved by the Assembly Elections Committee
May 21, 2019: Passed the Senate
May 16, 2019: Approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee
April 2, 2019: Approved by Senate Elections & Constitutional Amendments Committee
January 10, 2019: Introduced


ACLU of California, Common Cause California, and the League of Women Voters of California


Senator Tom Umberg


Won: new law



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