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Political Notebook: Voter registration boosted by online signup

California’s new online voter registration prompted more than a million people to sign up to vote in next month’s presidential election, including nearly 12,000 in Fresno County.

The bump could help push state voter registration totals to a new high, topping the record 17.33 million voters who were registered in 2009.

This year’s registration count, which tallied 17.26 million voters as of early September, will be updated Nov.2.

“People are so computer literate these days. If you can go to your computer from the comfort of your home, people like that,” said Fresno County elections head Brandi Orth. The convenience, Orth said, undoubtedly drove up registration numbers.

As of the Oct. 22 registration deadline, the Fresno County Elections Office had processed 10,543 online voter signups and a little more than a thousand were pending.