(Sacramento Bee) Registering to vote will be as easy as pushing a button under a long-awaited online system to be launched today by Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

The unveiling comes at a crucial time, with balloting set Nov. 6 to decide the presidency, congressional races, legislative seats and ballot measures that include two multibillion-dollar tax hikes.

“This is great news for democracy,” said Shannan Velayas, Bowen’s spokeswoman. “Registering to vote will be easier than ever.”

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