In 1866 California established the Great Registry Act which provided "for the registration of the citizens of the State, and
for the enrollment in the several election districts of all the legal voters thereof, and for the prevention and punishment
of frauds affecting the elective franchise." From this the Great Registry was created. All eligible voters were required to
register. Women were able to register in 1911 but do not begin to appear in the registries until 1912.