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Online voter registration boosted turnout, data suggest

December 7, 2012 | 10:17 am

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Online voter registration may have done more than simply lengthen voter rolls -- it also seems to have boosted turnout on election day in California, according to new data released Friday.

Political Data Inc. has been crunching the numbers from the Nov. 6 election, and found that voter turnout was higher among Californians who registered online.

For example, in Sacramento County, turnout for online registrants was 84.7%, 10 points higher than the county average. There was a similar gap in Orange County, and an even wider difference in Fresno County.

[Updated 11:25 a.m.: Political Data Inc. collected the data directly from county officials, who identified which voters registered online, according to the company's vice president, Paul Mitchell.]

The numbers were released by Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), who wrote the bill allowing Californians to register to vote online.

“I could not be more pleased with the results of online voter registration,” Yee said in a statement. “The numbers are overwhelming."

Yee is hoping his election-related legislation will slingshot him into the California secretary of state's office -- he plans to run for the position in 2014 when incumbent Debra Bowen leaves because of term limits.

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-- Chris Megerian in Sacramento
twitter.com/chrismegerian

Photo: Voters cast their ballots as swimmers take laps at Echo Park pool on election day in Los Angeles. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

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