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A federal appeals court ruled that Illinois residents will vote on two senators in November, one of whom will serve just eight weeks. The action is in response to the Constitution, which says no senator can serve more than two years without being elected.
Voting by mail is becoming an increasingly popular choice here in the Golden State. Mail-in ballots comprised 57.9 percent of the total votes cast in the June 8 primary.
Many of the ballots are on their way to mail boxes across the state right now. You can vote as soon the ballot arrives. Votes just have to be back in county election offices by 8 p.m. Nov. 2. Postmarks don't count.
"When you vote by mail, your mailbox is your polling place," said Secretary of State Debra Bowen in a prepared statement.
Bowen said Californians are opting to vote by mail because of its ease and convenience.
Prior to 1978, only people who had a certified medical excuse or planned to be out of town on Election Day were allowed to vote through the mail. That all changed in 2001 when it became law that any registered voter may choose to become a permanent vote-by-mail voter.
More than 6 million Californians are registered as permanent vote-by-mail voters. Hundreds of thousands more choose to cast their ballots through the mail on a one-time basis each election.
Here's how it works: