Voting is at the core of a free society. It is an opportunity to make our voices heard and influence the direction of our state and our nation. In a democracy, each of us is a steward of our democratic process. It's our responsibility to make registration and voting accessible and convenient for every citizen. Every vote should be counted and every ballot accounted for. The greater confidence the public has in our elections, the more likely they are to participate. That's good for democracy.
Last year, voter participation slipped to historic lows in California and across the country. The dramatic downturn requires that we take action and do more to engage the public. California's New Motor Voter Act gives us the chance to increase voter registration and increase voter turnout in California. It also promises to be a stark contrast to those states that have sought to impede and undermine voter access.