San Francisco officials remind first-time voters
of new eligibility rules
By Tamara Barak, Bay City News Service
March 5, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - May 22 is the deadline to register
to vote in the June 6 election and San Francisco officials are
reminding first-time ballot-casters of federal changes that may
affect their eligibility to vote.
As of Jan. 1, first-time voters who register to vote through
U.S. mail must provide identification at the time of registration.
The change in law is due to the Help America Vote Act, and applies
only to Californians who have never voted in a federal election
and whose qualifications to become a registered voter can't be
verified through the state's new database.
A registrant who does not provide either a driver's license number
or the last four digits of a social security number prior to voting,
and whose eligibility can't be verified through the state database,
will not be allowed to vote. The Secretary of State will provide
each new voter who has never been assigned a license or social
security number a unique identification number.
Those who need assistance completing a voter registration card
may call the San Francisco Department of Election at (415) 554
Chinese-speaking voters may call (415) 554-4367. Spanish speaking
voters may call (415) 554-4366. Hearing impaired voters may call
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