California voting upgrades just in time for social media blitz for registration

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The Twitterverse lit up Tuesday with social media users of all sorts, from Glenn Beck to Flo Rida, encouraging people to go register to vote ASAP. 

It was National Voter Registration Day and people tweeted and retweeted reminders and scary stats about voting in the U.S., like 50 percent of Americans don’t know their state’s registration deadline (psst…California’s is October 22) and more than half of young voters who voted in 2008 don’t know their registration status.

The #925NVRD hastag was trending in a big way on social media, so much so that spambots picked up on it and were spamming fake tweets about meeting an alien and “taking a flight across the universe.”

Luckily, we in California can take advantage of this social media push, now that we finally have online voter registration and also the Governor signed a bill this week to allow same-day registration in future elections.

To many, the prospect of having to hunt down a registration booth or mail in a form is about as exciting as having to check voicemail on their cell phone or calling customer service. Online registration is a no-brainer. In Arizona the percent of registered people aged 18-24 jumped from 29 percent in 2000 to 53 percent in 2008, thanks in part to a new online system.

Now that we have online registration, it’s also a no-brainer to maximize social media to boost registration even more for all ages. Check out what was going on Tuesday in the social media-verse:

National Voter Registration Day #925NVRD

Storified by John Guenther · Tue, Sep 25 2012 15:02:18

RT @rosariodawson: In 2008 6 Million people didn’t vote because they missed the registration deadlines, #925NVRD is changing that….! @ …Spark
Did you know Convicted #felons can #vote! Your voice counts!!#vote2012 Check yourself & #vote!shanah_b
7 hours left to register to vote online >> get it! #925NVRDSarah Stern
Wow! 22 million women are not registered to vote. Tom Sawyer
It’s National Voter Registration Day #925NVRD. In CA, it’s easier than ever to register: Xavier Becerra
Already one of my best voter registration days ever, and it’s only half over. Come to Pioneer Square, eat a Bipartisan Pie! #925nvrdShawn Fleek
RT @925NVRD: Nearly 50% of voters don’t know state reg deadline. That’s why #925NVRD is needed. via @votolatino &am …Voto Latino
RT @linkinpark: If you’re not registered to vote, you can register now at #925nvrd @ReverbRocks rabi
National Voter Registration Day: Know Your StatusNational Voter Registration Day is today, September 25th, and in light of all the efforts by Republican legislatures to disenfranchise pe…
Best thing about my job today: scored a snazzy new slap bracelet at a meeting w @YP4 #YP4Vote #925NVRD Schimmer
Have you registered to vote yet? Do it today: #925nvrd sjGlenn Beck
Happy National Voter Registration Day!  RT if you are registered to vote! If not, do it! #925NVRDChristina Aguilera
Mercy 9.25.12davematthewsband
Punk bands, jam bands, and Stephen Colbert are all promoting #925NVRD: Singer
ATTN like-minded patriots with govt-issued IDs: Register to vote here: @HeadCountOrg. #925NVRD Colbert
History of voting!rockthevote


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