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Registration deadline for Nov. 6 election is Monday

POSTED October 19, 2012 2:12 p.m.

With Election Day less than three weeks away, the deadline to register to vote is nearing.

Monday marks the last day to register for the Nov. 6 General Election, which includes a Presidential campaign, a Turlock City Council race, numerous state and federal legislative slots, and 11 state ballot propositions.

Registration has been brisk so far, according to the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters & Clerk Recorder’s office. From Sept. 18 to Oct. 12, the office recorded 6,460 voter registrations within the county.

For the first time this year voters can also register online, using the new California Online Voter Registration system. Per the California Secretary of State’s office, more than 544,000 Californians have registered using the new system in its first month of operation, which concluded Wednesday.

“Given all of the important issues on the November ballot, I am delighted so many Californians want to make their voices heard,” said Secretary of State Debra Bowen, California’s chief elections officer. “Since registering to vote is easier than ever with the quick online option, there is no excuse for not being ready to vote on Election Day.”

In total, 2,394 Stanislaus County Democrats registered during the Sept. 18 to Oct. 12 period, and  2,261 Republicans. Republicans outnumbered Democratic registrants through the traditional, paper-based registration process, while more Democrats chose to register online.

A further 1,301 new Stanislaus County registrants declined to state their party preference, while the remainder of registrants subscribed to smaller parties such as the American Independent, Libertarian, and Green parties.

As of Sept. 7, the most recent complete dataset available, Stanislaus County had 322,635 eligible voters, with 221,990 registered. The county skews slightly Democratic, with 40.28 percent of registered voters supporting the party; 39.22 percent of voters are registered as Republican. A further 15.81 percent of Stanislaus County voters do not state a party preference.

To register to vote in California, voters must be U.S. citizens who are residents of California, and age 18 or older on Election Day. Those found by a court to be mentally incompetent, or those in prison or county jail, on parole, or under post-release community supervision for a felony conviction are not eligible to vote.

Individuals must re-register to vote after moving to a new permanent residence, changing names, or switching party affiliations.

Paper voter registration applications are available at county elections offices, libraries, Department of Motor Vehicles offices, and U.S. post offices. Paper applications must be either postmarked or hand-delivered to the county elections office by Monday.

Online registration is available at http://registertovote.ca.gov/

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