An online voter registration system launched by California for last November's election appears to be bringing more lower-income people into the political process, according to an academic study.
Researchers at UC Berkeley looked at the 839,297 people who registered to vote online before the election, and found that the breakdown was ethnically similar to those who registered in person or through the mail.
However, the results showed more online registrants came from low- and middle-income neighborhoods than expected, according to researchers Lisa Garcia Bedolla and Veronica N. Velez.
The researchers focused on census tracts in two counties. In San Diego County, 71% of Latino, 57% of white and 50% of Asian American online registrants lived in areas with medium incomes under $75,000 a year, the study found.