California Secretary of State Debra Bowen launched a long-awaited online voter-registration system Wednesday.

With just seven weeks until the general election, which features the presidential race and 11 statewide ballot initiatives, the new online registration system comes at a crucial time.

To be eligible to vote Nov. 6, complete electronic forms must be submitted before midnight on Oct. 22.

To register online you'll need to enter your California driver's license or identification card number, the last four digits of your Social Security number and your date of birth. Your information will be provided to the California Department of Motor Vehicles to retrieve a copy of your DMV signature.

You can register here: https://rtv.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote/.

State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, authored the legislation, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year, that makes California the 11th state to offer online voter registration.

Contact Dana Hull at 408-920-2706. Follow her at Twitter.com/danahull.