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California primary voters will have more flexibility to change their party affiliation prior to the the March 3 primary if a voter registration bill is enancted.

Bills advance in California for more open primaries, mandatory voting

California, the biggest and one of the bluest states in the country, is about to enact a bill that will make voter registration less rigidly partisan.

The measure looks likely to be on the books in time to permit many thousands of additional people to vote in the Democratic primary on March 3. California has the biggest trove of delegates in the country, 415 of them — by far the biggest prize of 16 states and territories voting on Super Tuesday.

And it is not the only voting bill drawing headlines in Sacramento this week. A Democratic lawmaker who's been central to several of the state's recent expansions of access to the ballot box proposed making voting mandatory.

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