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Last day to register to vote in California

October 17, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
If you want to vote in next month's general election, today is the deadline to register in California.Community volunteers are going out Monday to try to get people to register to vote. They're going to shopping centers and hitting some neighborhoods before the midnight deadline.

"Well it's really important that we get out there and encourage people to go out and register to vote because a lot of them put it off to the last minute and then the last minute comes and no one did it. So we want to go and make sure that everybody's reminded and understand the importance of registering and voting in this election," said volunteer Wilma Parks.

The volunteers hope to clear up any confusion as to who is eligible to vote. You must be a U.S. citizen and turn 18 by Election Day, Nov. 4. Convicted felons on parole are not eligible to vote.

According to the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder, voter registrations have reached an all-time high of 4.15 million. This breaks the record set in 2002, when more than 4 million people registered to vote for the first time in L.A. County. It also makes L.A. County the largest voting district in the nation.

Fifty percent of the voters who have registered to vote since June are between the ages of 18 and 25, a demographic that's always been tough to motivate to get to the polls.

The numbers could indicate record voter turnout in November.

If you have not registered yet, it's not too late as the deadline is midnight tonight. You can pick up registration applications at the County Register-Recorder's office in Norwalk, DMV offices, libraries, fire stations, post offices, and candidates' campaign offices. There will also be a number of voter registration drives from 5 p.m. to midnight at some Wendy's and Starbucks locations, as well as at Dodger Stadium.

 

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