SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California elections officials hope to make signing up to vote easier than ever through a new online registration system.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen was joined by state lawmakers and voter advocates Wednesday in launching the web feature ahead of the Nov. 6 election. They say it will help more than 6 million Californians who are qualified but have not registered.

The online forms will be checked against applicants' driver's license or state identification card information, and then will be sent to county registrars for final verification.

Until now, applicants had to print out and sign a paper copy for signature verification by county officials.

Republicans opposed the bill establishing the process, saying it could lead to voter fraud and higher costs.

Applicants can fill out a form at the Secretary of State website.

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