• Description

In the last few years, California's voter registration rate has surged. Two important policy changes—a version of automatic voter registration (AVR) and a change that helps update addresses on file when registrants move across county lines—may explain the surge. We examine how address updates and new registrations have changed in the voter file over the last few years, looking at race/ethnicity and age, and we place California's changes in a national context to better understand the contributing role of automatic voter registration.

Do Registration Reforms Add New Voters or Keep Californians Registered?