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Youth Sentences.jpgThe author of California's new law allowing residents to use the Internet to register to vote wants to be the state's next elections chief.

Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, has announced that he will to run for secretary of state in 2014, when he is termed out of the state Senate.

Yee, whose plans were first reported by The San Francisco Chronicle, spread the news on Twitter this morning.

"Excited to announce that I'm running for California Secretary of State. I want to expand on our recent election, tech, and open gov success," he wrote.

The former state assemblyman and San Francisco supervisor, who lost a bid for mayor there last year, will seek to replace Democrat Debra Bowen, who must leave the post in 2014 due to term limits. In addition to the online voter registration system, which is widely credited with helping boost turnout in the general election, Yee authored legislation to generate more cash for Cal-Access, the state's aging online campaign finance and lobbying database.

Yee is the first major candidate to formally launch a 2014 secretary of state bid, according to the Chronicle, though seven other potential candidates have filed paperwork signaling they could run.


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State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, addresses the Senate at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. The state Assembly approved Yee's measure, Friday, to allow juveniles who have been sentenced to life in prison, to submit petitions for reconsideration of their sentences after serving 15 years.(AP Photo/ Rich Pedroncelli)


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