(a) A person may not be registered as a voter except by
affidavit of registration. The affidavit shall be mailed or delivered
to the county elections official and shall set forth all of the
facts required to be shown by this chapter. A properly executed
registration shall be deemed effective upon receipt of the affidavit
by the county elections official if received on or before the 15th
day prior to an election to be held in the registrant's precinct. A
properly executed registration shall also be deemed effective upon
receipt of the affidavit by the county elections official if any of
the following apply:
(1) The affidavit is postmarked on or before the 15th day prior to
the election and received by mail by the county elections official.
(2) The affidavit is submitted to the Department of Motor Vehicles
or accepted by any other public agency designated as a voter
registration agency pursuant to the National Voter Registration Act
of 1993 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1973gg) on or before the 15th day prior to
(3) The affidavit is delivered to the county elections official by
means other than those described in paragraphs (1) or (2) on or
before the 15th day prior to the election.
(b) For purposes of verifying signatures on a recall, initiative,
or referendum petition or signatures on a nomination paper or any
other election petition or election paper, a properly executed
affidavit of registration shall be deemed effective for verification
purposes if both of the following conditions are satisfied:
(1) The affidavit is signed on the same date or a date prior to
the signing of the petition or paper.
(2) The affidavit is received by the county elections official on
or before the date on which the petition or paper is filed.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary,
the affidavit of registration required under this chapter may not be
taken under sworn oath, but the content of the affidavit shall be
certified as to its truthfulness and correctness, under penalty of
perjury, by the signature of the affiant.
(d) A person who is at least 17 years of age and otherwise meets
all eligibility requirements to vote may submit his or her affidavit
of registration as prescribed by this section. A properly executed
registration made pursuant to this subdivision shall be deemed
effective as of the date the affiant will be 18 years of age, if the
information in the affidavit of registration is still current at that
time. If the information provided by the affiant in the affidavit of
registration is not current at the time that the registration would
otherwise become effective, for his or her registration to become
effective, the affiant shall provide the current information to the
proper county elections official as prescribed by this chapter.