Those "I Voted" lapel stickers, the ones you'll see popping up across the Golden State on Tuesday, June 3?
You won't get yours if you're not registered to vote. Of course, it isn't about the sticker but rather making a stand for the direction of our state in the years to come. (Okay, perhaps the sticker does serve to inspire others to get to their polling places and perform their satisfying civic duty.)
Register to vote by Monday, May 19 if you want to have your say in the upcoming California statewide direct primary election. The 19th is the fifteenth calendar day ahead of the election, the traditional deadline for registering.
The registrar's office in Santa Clara County will stay open until 7 p.m. Monday night to help people who might have some last-minute questions. If not, online would be the fastest and easiest way to register.
The primary will cover a wide swath of candidates and issues. Voters will be casting their votes for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, controller, treasurer, and attorney general. Judicial seats, sheriff slots, and state senators are among the other choices people entering the booths will be making.
Fifty three seats for the U.S. House of Representatives will be on the day's ballots as well (that's every U.S. senator from our state).
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So, where to register if you have not? California Online Voter Registration is a fine place to start. You'll need to supply some basics, like date of birth, social security number, and your California driver license number or ID card number. Read all.
You have until one second before midnight, Pacific time, to complete your registration.